By Chris Hopkins,
Senior Vice President for Aggregates and Mining, The Saint Consulting Group
Quarries are among the most opposed developments in the US, Canada and the UK, a dubious distinction earned by community opposition to fears of traffic, dust, noise and disruption. For years, Saint Consulting Group has helped aggregates firms to overcome the NIMBY opposition that often frustrates expansion or new quarry sites.
At the recent first combined annual conventions of the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association and The World of Asphalt, called AGG1 in Orlando, Fl., I conducted a class on “Developing Community Acceptance & Overcoming Community Opposition: Everything Is Political.”
The class at “AGG1 Academy” addressed methods of how to overcome community opposition during the initial permitting process. The class addressed the basic question that is asked after your permitting effort is completed; do you embrace your opponents or do you ignore them? Nearly 100 people attended the session discussing methods in becoming part of a community and how to get the most goodwill from your efforts. The session was very interactive with a powerpoint presentation Download Nssga presentation to spur conversation around the topic.