After compiling a half-inch stack of bureaucracy, filled with double-sided reports, documents and comments, coupled with hours of testimony, the Gallatin County Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a gravel pit in the Gallatin Gateway area on Wednesday.

The Morgan pit, proposed by TMC, Inc., is the first operation to go through the newly minted county rules adopted as part of an emergency interim zoning ordinance approved in May. Gallatin County stands beside Flathead County as the only local governments in the state to adopt regulations governing gravel pits, County Planning Director Greg Sullivan said.