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Lax city regulations regarding concrete plants causing concern

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2020 | Commercial Litigation |

Businesses have many responsibilities when it comes to ensuring that they do not violate the law during their operations. Of course, many regulations can apply before a company even has a building to operate from, including those relating to environmental factors and zoning. In some cases, it is not unusual for businesses to face push-back from residents or other parties in an area where a company is looking to operate.

In particular, it is important to understand when federal, state, and local regulations apply. For example, in Texas, concerns are arising over concrete batch plants cropping up close to residential areas. While the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is in charge of issuing permits regarding the emissions from concrete and aggregate companies and regulates water runoff, cities have control over other aspects of relevant to the development and operation of these plants, including the location, allowable damage to roads from truck usage, and noise levels.

Some residents are concerned that city regulations will not do enough to protect their neighborhoods from possible negative aspects of these plants, including a lack of zoning regulations that could allow them to be placed near homes, schools, and churches. Though residents may have these concerns, companies must only comply with the applicable laws and regulations when setting up their operations.

It can be difficult for any Texas business owner to face issues with residents in an area trying to prevent the construction of a new business operation. It is essential that companies do not violate any state or local regulations that could give disgruntled residents or other parties reason to stop the operation. To ensure that they are abiding by the necessary laws, business owners may want to seek the advice of an experienced attorney with experience in navigating federal laws, state laws, and local ordinances.