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Collaborative Solutions to Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design Issues: The City of Chance and Lucky Highway 13

Jeff Loux (University of California, Davis)

November 2010



An historic road in Chance, California, may be preserved, widened, or changed in numerous ways as part of a local development project.  Local government officials, highway officials, business representatives, and community protection advocates are tasked with developing a consensus agreement. As is the case in most collaborative problem solving endeavors, the intent is to satisfy as many interests as possible. At the same time, each individual negotiator is tasked with representing his or her organization as effectively as possible. Thus, each player must be both participative and authoritative. Other characteristics that add to the complexity of this simulation are numerous. There are multiple members. Network members bring both different and common missions. Network organizations each have a different organization culture. There are different degrees of power and multiple issues.