Land Use Mediation

Local leaders, citizens, developers, and advocates report serious frustration with the traditional land use approval process, which often makes them adversaries and achieves compromised results that fail to meet the interests of the parties. Recent studies and real experiences with land use mediation show how the participants can use mediation methods to supplement the land use approval process and achieve much more satisfactory results when faced with controversial decisions. The recent success of consensus committees involving developers and those affected by their proposed projects is highlighted.