As part of its state-empowered mediation obligations, the Council implemented its Regional Dispute Resolution Process in 1994-95. The Florida Legislature established the process as part of the 1993 Environmental Land Management Study legislation to facilitate intergovernmental problem-solving. More recently, the statute was amended to require, rather than recommend, that Regional Councils have a dispute resolution process to address intergovernmental disputes.
With the use of a facilitator, the process offers a reasonable approach and neutral setting for solving public problems in a timely, informal, and cost-effective manner. The process was created for resolving planning, growth management and other disputes among local governments, state and regional agencies, and private parties, but it is also available to any organization or individual in Northeast Florida. Cost is based on the administrative support required and is borne equally by the parties involved.
Types of Issues
• Public Policy
• Growth Management
• Other Disagreements
The core of the process is a settlement meeting at which disagreeing parties explain their interests, explore options, and seek a mutually acceptable agreement. If a solution is not reached, other options available include additional settlement meetings, mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
Margo Moehring, Managing Director – Policy & Planning
Ph: (904) 279-0880 x161