The San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center has established a land-use and environmental mediation group, specializing in resolving disputes among landowners, developers, environmentalists and government agencies.

A March 12 statement from the nonprofit institution said the group was formed in response to the proliferation of land-use and environmental conflicts in the local region.

The five-member group will address issues including siting of renewable energy projects, natural resource conservation, and disputes over individual development projects, toxic waste contamination and zoning.

The land-use group, which will take on matters through court system and private-party mediation requests, includes Richard Caputo, Barbara Filner, Michael Jenkins, Cary Lowe and John Reaves.

— Lou Hirsh