It’s about the politics, not the project, when neighbors hold sway

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By Chris Hopkins,

Senior Vice President, Aggregates and Mining, The Saint Consulting Group

See what happens when you leave land use decisions to politicians, as an asphalt company in Virginia found.

In this example from, the applicant’s land was zoned correctly. The application had the recommendation of the planning commission and the county planning staff. They had worked closely with the county commission, even at one point tabling the application at the request of the commission.

At the end of the day it came down to the neighbors not wanting the project in their neighborhood, they applied pressure to the county commission and the county commission adhered to the wishes of their constituents despite what was best for the county.

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Chris Hopkins is senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, email, phone 615-656-3794

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