For the past 25 years, I have worked with developers, scientists, the public, public officials, elected officials and students to provide an understanding of how we manage land in complicated urban settings. Often, our difficulties are a function of misunderstanding the objectives and aspirations of the other parties.
As a result, one of the primary roles I have played consistently over the past three decades is to be a force for improving communication so that the parties can reach mutually acceptable outcomes.
Land use negotiations are almost never "black and white" affairs where one party has a monopoly on wisdom. The key is to bring parties together where they can communicate their interests and they can each make choices about acceptable outcomes.