I am conducting a study of land use conflict for my masters thesis. I am looking for information from individuals who have been involved with or witnessed a local land use conflict which was resolved by disputing parties without a third party imposed decision (e.g. the courts).
Some specific questions I'd like to explore a How would you define negotiation? Mediation? Alternative Dispute Resolution? Who initiates negotiation between disputing parties and why? Does the land use/zoning/siting process readily allow for mediation/negotiation between interested parties? What is the role of professional planners in resolving local land use disputes?
Any information on these questions, planning and conlict resolution in general, and/or cases which have been successfully resolved without third party decisions would be greatly appreciated!