|Soliciting the opinion of the public before a proposal is made and determined to be attainable is impractical. It would be unreasonable to occupy the public with every errant thought before a proposal is actually made. Responsible elected officials are supposed to facilitate self governance not delegate it back to the electorate.|
Landfills are a legitimate and traditional use of land and perform a necessary function. I do not support or oppose them.
I haven't read up on the charter of the USGS as it applies to determining land use, but I am sure their opinion will be helpful.
Is the trash business different enough from other businesses to warrant special consideration under the commerce clause of the Constitution? I can't support such an argument without significant research.
Environmental studies help determine the impact on adjoining properties over time and help foresee the consequences of a proposition. They are expensive but can be warranted if a proposition is sufficiently unique that its impact is not easily assessable. The imposition of such studies is not a viable alternative to the political process.
The wishes of the majority are always relevant, as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of the minority.