My council wants to resolve a controversial issue, the one that is getting me so much grief right now. They want me to come up with a process. They suggest appointing a committee of antagonists from both sides and locking them in a room together to work out a compromise. Given the level of emotion the issue has aroused, I don't see this producing anything other than a Jerry Springer episode. And while train wrecks can be fun to watch, I am supposed to be driving this train, so a high entertainment value does not override a low survivability value.
Here's my question: have any of you had a successful resolution of a highly-charged, emotional land use issue? By successful, I mean one where the participants felt their views had been heard, they accepted the outcome, and the outcome actually solved the problem? If so, tell me what you did, please.