It is truly a shame when our own local politicians believe that local governments do not have the ability to make the right decisions in the best interest of the public.
It has come to my attention that State Representative Ed McBroom voted to take that authority away from local zoning and gave that authority to zone for gravel pits to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Now, rather than going to the zoning board within your township in order to construct a gravel pit, you must apply for a permit from the DEQ. Not only will this be more red tape for individuals, but probably more cost.
Who does this cost get passed on to? The consumer of course. Whether the gravel is needed for a camp road, a driveway, or the Road Commission to maintain our roads, it's just another piece of legislation that will increase costs needlessly.
Also lost is the local control of where the construction of a gravel pit can occur. This will be another factor which will ultimately drive the cost of gravel up. It becomes a travesty when our politicians no longer believe that local agencies can make their own decisions.
Local people should be able to keep their local decision making.