Talk to people about past or existing project conflicts. If there have been conflicts, are they still ongoing? If resolved,
how were they resolved and when? Existing or past conflicts are a reliable indicator of trouble for a new project.
a. Recent conflict still ongoing; High Risk
b. Past conflicts are resolved; Medium Risk
c. There have been no conflicts; Low Risk
Visit the gathering places along the route or at the project site, such as coffee shops. What is the talk about in these places?
a. Negative talk about your project; High Risk
b. Talk is of victimization (even if it’s not related to your project); Medium Risk
c. There is no talk about your project and no talk about other current negative events; Low Risk
Check bulletin boards in the communities to see what is posted. These are generally good sources of information.
a. If messages about the project are hostile; High Risk
b. If your project is posted on the bulletin board, regardless of the message; Medium Risk
c. If there is nothing on the bulletin boards about your project; Low Risk
Review the local newspapers to see how controversy is reported. What kinds of controversies have been covered and have
they been covered impartially?
a. The newspapers are reporting on your project with either a positive or negative slant; High Risk
b. A few articles about other project conflicts but nothing disruptive; Medium Risk
c. News articles contain few disruptive conflicts and nothing about your project; Low Risk
Be conscious of the viewshed (the lines of sight from homes and communities) from the project site or corridor location.
People value their viewsheds and an early indication of this is important. Real estate agents are a good source for this
information. For instance, do realtors market viewsheds as a part of property sales? If so, is there an economic value as well
as a social value?
a. Viewsheds have intense social/economic attachment; High Risk
b. Viewsheds are recognized but not given much emotional weight; Medium Risk
c. Viewsheds are not part of the conversation; Low Risk
Information that can be assembled on-site from the local communities.