Resiliency and Disaster Recovery

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. I am haunted by waters." Norman Maclean

We could not be more passionate about our commitment to help communities devastated by extreme weather to recover, including those impacted by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Hurricane Sandy. The courage, determination, and bold vision of the communities we have assisted are inspiring. Building on Long Term Community Recovery experience in the Towns of Prattsville and Union, and the Village of Sidney, NY we were a member of three four consulting teams assisting over 30 NY Rising communities. We are experienced in early post-disaster planning response. We know how to work in and with a community in crisis to develop a vision and housing, economic and community development strategies that enable communities to adapt and become more resilient to climate change. We are also expert in the evaluation of state and federal funding eligibility for recovery efforts and projects. Our team is a force behind emerging transformational projects including Prattsville's Town Common Neighborhood with senior housing, health care and community center, the Village of Sidney Riverlea Farm offering replacement housing for over 100 families and Sidney GreenPlain – a 140 state of the art floodplain enhancement program using green infrastructure on a wide scale. See We led development of recovery plans in five communities and contributed to completion of over 20 other strategies.

A partial list of our recovery and resiliency experience includes:

  • Town of Prattsville, NY Hurricane Irene Long Term Community Recovery Plan and NY Rising Plan
  • Village of Sidney, NY Tropical Storm Lee Long Term Community Recovery Plan and NY Rising Plan
  • Town of Union, NY, Village of Johnson City and Village of Endicott Plan for Recovery and Resilience and NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
  • Town of Rotterdam and City of Schenectady, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
  • Towns of Jay and Keene, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
  • Village of Esperance, Schoharie and Middleburgh, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
  • Broome County Communities, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
  • Montgomery County, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan
Highlight: Sidney GreenPlain
Recognized as a statewide and national model of green infrastructure floodplain reclamation, the 140-acre Sidney GreenPlain is a high-capacity enhanced floodplain designed to protect surrounding neighborhoods, the Main Street core, and downstream municipalities from flooding. The GreenPlain will be a community and regional asset offering walking trails, wetland walks, interpretive signage, scenic overlooks, picnic areas, connections to a riverwalk, and active recreation park all within walking distance to Main Street and the Village's small business base.
Read More About the Sidney GreenPlain

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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