Attorney Scott Svee just wants to repair the wood-shake roof on his Helena, Montana house. But the town says that violates its wildland-urban interface zoning ordinance, and they’re suing to force Svee to use a more fire-resistant material, reports the Helena Independent Record (“Judge to decide city’s right to regulate building,” by Sanjay Talwani). Svee argues that a rule about building materials doesn’t belong in a town zoning bylaw, which he says should relate to matters like building size and use — and he says allowing towns to regulate construction materials would defeat the purpose of Montana’s statewide building code.