The first gravel pit went through the Gallatin County regulatory chute Tuesday with very little fanfare compared to the hordes crowding the courthouse during the gravel debates earlier this year.

The TMC, Inc.-run Morgan pit, located in the Gallatin Gateway area, went before the Gallatin County Planning Board Tuesday and was granted approval in 5-3 vote. TMC is the first company to adhere to the newly minted conditional use permitting process adopted when the County Commission passed emergency interim zoning ordinance in May. Residents in numerous parts of the county expressed concerns over new and amended pits around Belgrade, Churchill, Four Corners and Gallatin Gateway.