Over 50 people testified during the latest Matanuska Susitna Borough (MSB) Assembly meeting this past Tuesday, as part of the lengthy public hearings related to a proposal to increase conditional permits related to gravel excavations.

The ordinance, crafted by Assemblyman Mokie Tew, calls for expanding the cubic yards of gravel that can be extracted without a permit from 2,000 cubic yards to 10,000 cubic yards. The ordinance has faced backlash from constituents, who fear the landscape will become dotted with personal gravel pits, and the possible ecological and infrastructure impacts could do irrevocable harm to the land, water, and property value. Supporters have said this ordinance protects personal rights and would be an economic boon to the community.

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