Land use and transportation decision-making have sparked conflicts and debate over issues including quality of life, access and equity, affordability, and aesthetics. Deeply felt and hardened beliefs can characterize these conflicts, because land use projects get to the heart of community values and a sense of place.
Such disputes surface a range of interests and perspectives on land uses—from open-space to dense, mixed-use development. Transportation decisions trigger tensions of their own among parties advocating for different modes of transportation, design preferences, and priorities; those priorities may relate to access and accessibility, community engagement, construction and maintenance costs, environmental effects, environmental justice considerations, and state and federal regulations. These projects often span neighborhood, town, and state boundaries, forcing stakeholders to confront regional issues, even when lacking the right tools for doing so.
Our mediators are skilled at infusing innovation into highly regulated planning processes, helping parties to explore and design creative solutions that have benefits for all. We draw from our deep experience on land use and transportation projects, along with extensive knowledge of the associated laws and regulations. Our approach involves working with parties to:
From helping create a vision for the City of Cambridge’s master plan to planning for transportation projects in Colorado, we’ve supported leaders and communities on tough land use and transportation issues.
CBI has provided strong process design and facilitation for our complex land use and transportation study of the Sullivan Square area. They have managed all aspects of the project really well – facilitation, meeting planning, oversight of presentations, and more. In particular, I have been impressed with CBI’s ability to help us present complicated planning materials in a clear way, which has allowed for productive discussions with the working group and the public on potential solutions to growing traffic congestion in this area.
Director of Transportation
Metropolitan Area Planning Council