Resolving Land Use Disputes Decisions about community land use
As land becomes increasingly valuable, tensions among competing interests have become common. Stakeholders are seeking a more active role in decisions about community land use.
Consensus building techniques such as mediation have been used for almost two decades to help disputants maximize mutual gains and resolve land use disputes. Whether you are a public official, planner, developer, community advocate, environmentalist, business owner, or resident, this website is designed to help you:
- Learn more about when and how to use consensus building techniques,
- Answer your questions, see how dispute resolution has been used in cases like your own,
- Connect you to others involved in current land use debates.
- Further Reading
- Examples of Conflict and Situation Assessments
Conflict and situation assessments are used to evaluate situations. These assessments are completed as precursors to mediation projects. Parties involved in a situation are interviewed confidentially by a neutral, and a report that summarizes the most important aspects of the situation is completed. This report may make recommendations to go forward with a mediation, or may identify barriers to a successful mediated process that make a successful process unlikely. More »
- Case Study
- Collaborative Design of the Santa Fe Summit Development
The Santa Fe Summit Project spurred residents to take action. Hyde Park Road, a National Scenic Byway, connects downtown Santa Fe with a world-class ski basin at the top of the Santa Fe National Forest. During the spring of 1991, residents of the Hyde Park Estates neighborhood noticed the construction of a massive water tank and large-scale water supply lines. Following their concern about the implications of this infrastructure for new development, residents and members from other interested parties formed the Hyde Park Planning Group. This process resulted in an improved development for the Summit Project, a comprehensive neighborhood plan to shape future development and benefits for the existing neighborhood residents. More »