Visioning and Consensus Building

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.”  Carl Sandburg

Our team believes that community members are the heart of good plans and we share a passion for involving them in planning. As a team, we are skilled at conveying aspects of technical planning, strategies for place making, economic, and land use data in an understandable and meaningful way that engages and interests the community. We reach out to build consensus where people are, focusing on planning and design aspects and quality of life issues that are most critical to them. Every project we undertake seeks consensus. A partial list of our work in visioning and consensus building includes:

  • ADVANTAGE Adirondacks: Advancing Economic Opportunities across the Adirondack Park
  • Adirondack Gateway Council Pathways to Progress Plan: Charting a Course for the Gateway Region
  • Raquette River Blueway Corridor Management and Marketing Strategy
  • Town of Copake Hamlet Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Revitalization Planning and Design Study
  • City of Peekskill, NY Lower South and Louisa Streets Redevelopment Charrette
  • City of Schenectady, NY Canal Square Redevelopment Strategy
  • City of Albany, NY Washington, Western Avenues Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Analysis
  • Town of Guilderland, NY Westmere Corridor Strategy
  • 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 Tropical Storm Lee Plan for recovery and Resilience

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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