Advice to quarries and other developers who have just won a planning battle over irrational neighborhood opponents and their trumped up arguments. Don’t view permitting as a one-time public relations endeavor. You never know when you’ll find yourself needing zoning relief or public approvals for changes in your operations or an expansion, writes Chris Hopkins, senior vice president for aggregates and mining at The Saint Consulting Group.
Zoning and development decisions have become political battles. Before you begin, develop a winning strategy. Failure to become an active part of the community can backfire in unexpected ways. Hopkins writes in the 2008 USGS Aggregates Atlas, published by Aggregates Magazine in July.,