Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Service Areas: Public Participation

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission: Working Waterfront Workshop

(2014) Virginia’s coastal communities have a long history of active, bustling waterfronts that host  a variety of businesses oriented to commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters, the seafood industry, and other water-dependent jobs. The Virginia Coastal Program is developing a plan to help preserve working waterfronts, enhance their economic viability and ensure continued contributions to the fabric of life in the Commonwealth’s coastal zone. The Working Waterfront Workshop in Spring 2014 focused on defining what working waterfronts are, developing consistent inventories, and framing... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Water, Local Government,

Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit

State faith, conservation, science, and public policy leaders gathered on November 19, 2013, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond for "Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit” to discuss stewardship of rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay." The summit brought together a diversity of people to examine water quality through the lens of faith, establish partnerships, and discover collaborative ways to restore and protect our living waters. The all-day forum included presentations from guest speakers followed by group... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Sea Grant: Design Competition Facilitation

(2014) Virginia Sea Grant’s (VSG) annual symposium in Spring 2014 planned a discussion session around the idea of launching a formal design competition for structural and land use approaches to sea level rise in Virginia. Virginia’s coastal zone is at great risk from sea level rise, ranking second in the nation behind New Orleans. In other states, design competitions have been used successfully to help local governments visualize the problems, and provide a political impetus for making changes to plan for sea level rise. With funding from VSG, IEN worked with the session leaders to design... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Public Participation, Water, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

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,

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,

Eastern Planning Initiative

(2001) The IEN assisted a transportation project for the greater Charlottesville areas, with a focus on the eastern portion to Zion's Crossroads. The project was led by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, which received a two-year Transportation, Community, and System Preservation grant to develop a regional integrated land use and transportation plan for the counties of Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville. The project was unusual in that it attempted modeling and visioning not for the typical 20 years, but for the next 50 years. IEN's role was... Continue reading →

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

Innovative Integrated Land Use and Transportation Planning

(1999 - 2001) The IEN assisted a two-year transportation project for the greater Charlottesville area, with a focus on the eastern portion to Zion's Crossroads. The project was led by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, which received a two-year Transportation, Community, and System Preservation grant to develop a regional integrated land use and transportation plan for the counties of Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville. The project was unusual in that it attempted modeling and visioning not for the typical 20 years, but for the next 50 years.... Continue reading →

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

Virginia Land Conservation Conference

(2001) Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and the Virginia United Land Trusts (VaULT), this conference aimed to bring together all conservation easement-holding organizations, including public, private, local, regional, state-wide and national organizations operating in Virginia. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate creative thinking and visioning for how land conservation organizations of all types could improve their coordination and collaboration to meet the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s ambitious land conservation goals. IEN’s Tanya Denckla Cobb, with assistance... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, Educational Institutions,

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,

Public Involvement for Virginia Forest Legacy

(2000) The IEN facilitated the public participation process for Virginia's new Forest Legacy initiative. Virginia was one of the first southern states to initiate the Forest Legacy program, which was developed to purchase conservation easements for important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Led by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Legacy will be an important tool for preserving Virginia's forests during the anticipated growth in coming years. An intensive public participation process was used to establish the priorities and eligibility criteria for the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Public Participation, Land, State Government,

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