As planners, we are accustomed to (and
expect) some types of urban development proposals to attract controversy.
Whether the opposition is to new roads, higher-density housing or undesirable
land uses such as industries or prisons, such controversies are becoming far
more common as environmental, economic and social issues become more pronounced
and widely understood. In most cases, we generally assume that we can make use of a suite of engagement strategies to engage stakeholders
and try to resolve typical development conflicts.