Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Land

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,

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,

Land Uses and Transportation Choices for the Future' Handbook

(2001) Bruce Dotson authored a handbook entitled “ Land Uses and Transportation Choices for the Future\" for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC). The Handbook is intended for an audience of both citizens and professionals. Part I describes the Corplan computer model created by the project and the thinking behind its development. Part II describes the process of organizing and conducting a planning process built around the model. Consensus building and process design are two considerations which reflect the IEN’s work. This handbook benefitted other communities in... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Research, Land, Local Government,

Maryland Eastern Shore Waste Solutions Collaborative Inititative

(2008) Inspired by the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum in 2005, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center convened a meeting among stakeholders representing a wide range of agricultural and environmental interests on Maryland's Delmarva peninsula in February 2008. At this meeting, participants explored the potential for establishing a collaborative effort to improve water quality while fostering agricultural economic viability. While a decision had not been finalized, participants agreed that a collaborative could be worthwhile and that they would continue meeting to explore the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Land, State 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,

NVRPA Strategic Planning

(2006-2007) The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) was organized in 1959 under the Virginia Park Authorities Act and manages over 10,000 acres of parkland across six Northern Virginia municipalities. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation worked with the NVRPA to develop a strategic plan to carry out its new mission, which emphasizes conservation of land, natural and historic resources. IEN collaborated with board members, senior staff, and park managers to create a “living strategic plan ” for NVRPA.

Categorized as: 2000s, Strategic Planning, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

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,

Crozet Rail Tunnel

(2006-2007)  In late 2006, the CSX Railroad transferred the Crozet rail tunnel at Afton, Virginia to Nelson County. IEN worked with stakeholders to examine the possible value of connections between trails and natural areas in the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont region if the tunnel were to be converted to recreational use.

Categorized as: 2000s, Dialogue, Land, Local 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,

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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