Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Consensus Building

Fairfax Cub Run Watershed Plan

(2004 - 2005) IEN convened and facilitated a community advisory committee, and facilitated public involvement workshops on watershed issues, development of possible solutions, proposed projects and plans, and finalizing the watershed plan. Watershed plan: link to Fairfax website

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Consensus Building, Water, Local Government,

Consensus Building for Watershed Planning

(2003 - 2004) IEN worked with ICMA to develop and conduct a webcast on \"Collaborative Problem Solving and Consensus Building: Effective Approaches for Watershed Protection and Restoration\" (April 2004); this was followed by a 2-day workshop in New Orleans on the same topic (November 2004).

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Nutrient Management Planning Regulatory Advisory Committee

(2004) IEN facilitated a regulatory negotiation of a stakeholder advisory committee convened by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The committee identified areas of agreement for new nutrient management regulations that will move away from N to P-based planning.

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, State Government,

Hagerstown Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project

(2002 - 2003) The Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Project was established as an eight-month, community-based reuse planning process funded by a pilot grant from EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI). The process was managed by a community Land Use Committee, an 18-member body that met nine times and interacted with the larger community during a series of three public meetings. The City of Hagerstown's Planning Department served as the project's sponsor and developed an impact analysis of reuse alternatives at the site. The project's consultant team, planning group E2 Inc.... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Consensus Building, Land, Local Government,

Crozet Master Plan

(2001 - 2003) This master plan for growth would build Crozet from a population under 5,000 to a developed community of 12,000 by implementing \"Neighborhood Model\" development, the county's recently adopted format for mixed-use pedestrian oriented development focused on a hierarchy of centers. The project involved a series of well attended public meetings, discussions with the Crozet Neighborhood Associations, and an active website. IEN's role was to design a system for acheiving consensus and advising throughout the process about stakeholder interaction. Outcome: The Master Plan was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, Local Government,

St. Michaels, (MD) Development Mediation

IEN mediated a dispute between the residents of St. Michaels, Maryland and developer Midland Real Estate Company concerning acceptible development density and good design. A committee composed of town representatives and the developers agreed on several points and created a final report for the Town Commisioners. Two members of the committee dissented from the final mediation consensus statement and the final report was never submitted to the Town Commissioners. The future of the proposed development remains unclear, but one can expect additional opposition and negotiation if the plan... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Land, State Government,

Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Involvement for a New Courts Complex

(1999-2000) The courts serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are outgrowing their current space, particularly the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court which needs immediate expansion of facilities. IEN staff worked with the Steering Committee assembled for this process to design and facilitate the public involvement meetings. The three meetings have been used to elicit community values, preferences, and ideas for siting and designing the new courts complex. Challenges included assessing historic preservation, economic impacts, public access, and ensuring a design... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Local Government,

Crab Management Facilitation in Virginia and Maryland

(1999-2000)  Concerns over the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab resource led the Chesapeake Bay Commission to establish a Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee (BBCAC), which worked to develop recommendations for future management of the blue crab in Maryland and Virginia. The IEN convened and facilitated the public involvement component of the BBCAC consensus building effort to improve economic efficiency of the blue crab fishery and develop a long-term bay-wide strategy to ensure sustainability of the resource. The effort involved technical work groups composed of scientists and fisheries... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, Federal Government,

Virginia Stormwater Consensus Building

(2007)  The IEN facilitated a consensus-building process to help the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) consider amendments to portions of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board's Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations. IEN work included refining the goals and desired outcomes of the discussion, interviewing members of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to introduce the consensus building process and assess key needs, interests and concerns, and facilitating three meetings of the TAC. The Board approved the proposed MS4 General Permit... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

Watershed Management Plans for Fairfax County

(2002 - 2007) Working with different engineering firms, IEN facilitated the development of three watershed management plans for Fairfax County. These watershed plans provide an assessment of management and resource needs by defining problems within the watershed and prioritizing appropriate and workable solutions. The Institute developed the public involvement plan for the county and conducted a multi-stakeholder public involvement process for the three of the county's watersheds: Little Hunting Creek; Middle Potomac; and Cub and Bull Run. The process involved a standing steering committee... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Water, Land, Local Government,

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