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Gloucester County Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise

(2012) Citizens and elected decision makers in Virginia’s coastal communities are increasingly eager to find ways to address sea level rise at the local level. Flooding caused by storms and storm surges is impacting areas that have never previously experienced flooding, as well as reaching new heights. Gloucester County, working with the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation and the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, convened a special citizen advisory panel to help inform Gloucester County’s Comprehensive Plan and its approach to sea level rise. A Focus Group was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Nonprofit Organizations,

Eastern Shore Coastal Flooding Workshop: Historic and Future Sea Levels

(2012) Project partners applied for a Virginia Sea Grant following last year’s project: Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience. The result of that project was a series of events entitled “Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Virginia Beach Listening Sessions,” which were hosted in four locations in Virginia Beach to foster a community discussion on the effects of sea level rise on property values, wildlife habitat, erosion, and other concerns. Building on this work, leaders in other coastal Virginia localities, including the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and the members of... Continue reading →

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

Virginia Beach Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise Policies

(2012) Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. The results of four community listening sessions in 2011 on sea level rise in Virginia Beach indicate the urgency of the situation: 90% of participants believe that planning for sea level rise should be a priority for local government. Following a presentation to City Council in May 2011, Councilors shared their opinion that more information was needed on the public perception of sea level rise, specifically regarding solutions. This feedback served as... Continue reading →

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

2015-2016 Strategic Planning

IEN was asked to design and facilitate five strategic planning efforts in 2015-2016. We designed and facilitated meetings for the Albemarle Solid Waste Authority to enable its advisory committee to consider a range of options and reach consensus recommendations for the fate of the Ivy Landfill Transfer Station, for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. We designed and facilitated meetings for the U.Va. Sustainability Office to bring its staff together... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

Campbell County Route 29 Corridor Planning Effort

The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), located at U.Va., initiated a pilot project with Campbell County to test a Federal Highways collaborative planning framework, known as PlanWorks. The project's focus is a busy 6.6-mile stretch of Route 29 on the south side of Lynchburg, beginning at the southern city limit and extending to Colonial Highway (Route 24). This stretch of highway hosts multiple mixed uses and needs for residential, business, and large institutional access. IEN is... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Educational Institutions,State Government,

James River Transmission Line

To meet increasing demand for power, and the requirement to reduce the possibilities for brownouts or other forms of outages, Dominion has proposed a new transmission line to cross the James River at historic Williamsburg. Key stakeholders are adamantly opposed to this proposal on the grounds that this will unalterably and irretrievably damage one of the nation’s most precious historic resources – the landscapes, vistas, and cultural resources in this historic region where colonists first settled. The resulting federally... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water, Federal Government,

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certificate

A new professional certificate is being developed to assist in the Bay cleanup effort. Local governments wish to know who they can trust to design and install BMPs that will qualify and count toward their TMDL load reductions goals. Others wish to raise the bar, so that landscape professionals become more knowledgeable about Bay-appropriate design and BMPs, in design, implementation, and maintenance. IEN has been asked to serve as facilitator for the steering committee consensus decision-making meetings, led by a partnership of Wetlands Watch, the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Consensus Building, Land, Water, Business and Industry,Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Loudoun Water/Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun County’s need for additional water resources continues to grow, leading the utility, Loudoun Water, to acquire the Beaverdam Reservoir. Beaverdam is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) to manage recreational activities and public access until the spring/summer of 2017. At that time it will close to complete needed repairs to the... Continue reading →

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

DEQ Negotiation Training

Employees of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality participated in a two-day training provided by IEN in Summer 2015 on interest-based negotiation (IBN). In 2016, IEN conducted another two-day training in IBN as well as a separate two-day training in designing and facilitating community engagement.   

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Consensus Building, Training, State Government,

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