Comprehensive Planning

"Any idea can turn into dust, or magic – depending upon the talent that rubs up against it." William Bernbach

Our comprehensive plans build local capacity to recognize and manage future civic challenges. Our high energy and positive approach focuses community energy on unique assets and challenges, leading to greater cooperation among all citizens around common interests. We regularly provide training, strategic planning and organization development services which build partnerships and guide the management of complex community revitalization initiatives. A partial list of our work in comprehensive planning includes:

Highlight: City of Schenectady Projects
River Street designed the Schenectady 2020 Vision Plan to reinforce Schenectady as a vibrant urban community; updated the Schenectady Zoning Ordinance to focus on protecting a diverse array of neighborhoods with distinct character, challenges and opportunities; and, as a partner to IBI Group, helped to develop a plan for the Transit Gateway on Schenectady's lower State Street.
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River Street Planning & Development
4 Ridge Road
Troy, New York 12180

Phone: 518.273.8980


About River Street

River Street Planning & Development, LLC is a NYS Certified Woman Business Enterprise owned by Margaret Irwin, formed in 1997 with offices in Troy, New York. The company employs five staff members and provides services to a diverse group of organizations including Federal, state, county, and municipal governments of all sizes, public agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities, investors and developers in the northeastern United States.  Services offered include public meeting planning and facilitation, focus groups, mediation, economic development, downtown and Main Street revitalization, design and administration of small business support programs, land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, and housing and commercial market analysis. River Street specializes in facilitating community engagement and identifying a consensus vision that can be shared and supported by diverse stakeholders. We offer an effective, outcome-oriented approach that builds consensus and community capacity, strengthens local leadership and shapes community pride and vision –  vital ingredients for successful community action.

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