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Addressing
Opposition Groups
What works best when you are seeking permits to either develop or expand
a quarry, asphalt plant, cement plant
or any other potentially controversial
development is transparency. Making
sure you have all your homework done
and are ready to make a good, positive
presentation to the decision makers
and the general public is critical.
We find that companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars testing
the soil, conducting traffic studies
and studying wetlands and stormwater runoff. But the politics and community relations that come with an
application are - most of the time -
relegated to the back burner until the
house is on fire, and at that point it
could be too late to salvage permits or
an entire development.
The days of hiring the local "fixer," a
sympathetic champion of an operation
who is not actually part of the operation, to ease an operation through
the permitting process are over. There
are two important reasons for this.
First, the local fixer can no longer
guarantee that decision makers will
not pay a political price for casting
their vote to approve. Second, sometimes the local fixer is more concerned
with maintaining their relationship
with elected officials than they are
with supporting a operation's permit.
These two things mean that when misinformation reaches the local decision makers, there may be no one to

correct the facts and educate about
aggregates operations and support the
needed permits.
Do Your Homework
If it makes sense to conduct all that
due diligence regarding soil, the environment and traffic, doesn't it make
just as much sense to understand local
politics before submitting an application? The earlier you conduct an assessment of the community and decision
makers, the more resources you can
preserve for the permitting process.

A good assessment should include
a complete background on any local
official who could have input on
your application. Understanding
their political background, their
donors and community supporters
is important.
* You need to know if there is an
ongoing environmental group in
the community that will automatically oppose you.
* What are the thoughts of the
neighbors, what price range are
the homes, what is the most direct

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Understanding this makes preparation
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Social media has also resulted in a
larger involvement of politics in any
application. Politicians are now under
pressure to address zoning changes.
There is even a real threat of the
opposing group running a candidate
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county commissioner to specifically
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Aggregates News Blasts
Aggregates Assist in Hurricane Relief
Trump Regulatory Agenda
Houston Mayor Welcomes Aggregates Industry
2018 AGG1 Academy & Expo
2018 NSSGA Annual Convention
2018 Young Leaders Annual Meeting
There Is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Introduce Your Quarry Application
Rip & Share
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - Trump Regulatory Agenda
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - Houston Mayor Welcomes Aggregates Industry
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - 2018 AGG1 Academy & Expo
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - 2018 Young Leaders Annual Meeting
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - There Is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Introduce Your Quarry Application
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - Rip & Share
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Guide
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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