290/71 Summit ends without consensus

September 22nd, 2007

From The Oak Hill Gazette

Ann Fowler 03.AUG.07

The original goal for the 290/71 Summit envisioned four Oak Hill groups reaching a consensus for a design for Highways 290 and 71. However, as Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organziation�s (CAMPO) August 3 deadline approached, it became clear that a final consensus would not be reached in time. The mediators at the UT Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution said in order to meet the deadline, they would not extend the process beyond the July 28 meeting.

Two representatives from each group (Fix290, Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods [OHAN], Oak Hill Business and Professional Association [OHBPA] and Consensus 290) have been meeting for five weeks to reach a consensus for a roadway design � much in the way a jury reaches a verdict. The idea was to have all agree on a single design. But when members of Fix290 indicated more time was needed and those paying for the mediation balked, it was time to pull the plug.

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