Land Management, Zoning and GIS Development

"If the earth was an apartment we wouldn't be getting our deposit back." Jim Schubert

Land management tools can change a community's form, support transit, create service efficiencies, stabilize neighborhoods, and improve resiliency after disasters. We have worked in communities adopting their first ordinances update in 30 years and in complex land management environments like the Adirondack Park and Catskill Watershed. We use a range of tools (zoning, design standards, subdivision regulations, historic preservation ordinances and façade improvement guidelines, infrastructure and capital improvement planning and development incentives for green buildings, green infrastructure, and appropriate density to protect community character and the natural environment, reduce energy consumption, and attract desired development. Our standard is that excellent land management should make the "right" project easy, and offer a path for all projects to be the "right project."

We begin by understanding the community's built and natural environment and prepare regulations that are streamlined, easy to understand and straightforward to administer, stimulating high quality development and rehabilitation that meets local vision and goals. We help our clients design a strong framework and justification for creative zoning that complies with SEQRA and NEPA (and we maintain partnerships with land use attorneys to ensure that our creativity is grounded and defensible.)

A partial list of our land management work includes:


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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