(American Coal Online has published an article on land use politics, written by Christopher Hopkins, senior vice president for aggregates and mining of The Saint Consulting Group)
Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill used to say, “All politics is local.” Today, it’s equally true that, “All land use approvals are political.”
Americans consistently say they like affordable housing, windmill farms, new single-family homes, or new hospitals in their town (but never power plants, casinos, quarries or landfills). However, they fight when one is proposed.
“We’re not against (whichever type of project proposed),” they claim. “But this is the wrong location.” The project will worsen traffic, block views, reduce green space, increase crime, degrade the environment, lower property values, or destroy the character of their community, opponents insist.
Not long ago, few places ever said no to new development. Growth meant progress. Mines provided work where people needed jobs. Power plants delivered jobs, tax revenue and energy.
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