Community and Land Use Planning

Whether focused on a parcel of land, a watershed, a region, or a state, the best planning documents are informed by sound science and rigorous analysis. Downstream Strategies catalogs current conditions, links policy and management options with scientific data, performs economic benefits analyses, and writes detailed plans to arm our clients with the technical expertise needed to improve and protect vital resources.

At Downstream Strategies, we view planning as essential to building thriving, sustainable communities.

We offer wide-ranging planning services that support and promote resilient communities, vibrant economies, and sustainable environments. Our staff have led inclusive planning processes and authored planning documents for municipalities, counties, community organizations, and nonprofits across the country.

Our planning processes are carefully tailored to meet client and community needs. We believe that plans and reports should be useful for the communities they serve. As a result, we produce practical, accessible, and results-oriented deliverables with the end-user in mind.

We have over 20 years of experience delivering professional-quality reports and planning documents to our clients. Our work helps buoy researchers, developers, legislators, and community members alike as they work towards their shared goals.

Community revitalization planning

  • Downtown revitalization plans
  • Urban renewal plans
  • Riverfront redevelopment plans

Recreation and tourism planning

  • Market assessments
  • Trail planning, design, and construction

Land use planning

  • Comprehensive plans
  • Conservation plans
  • Tract management plans

Strategic planning

  • Visioning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Program and impact assessments

Community and Land Use Planning Contact

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Alderson Strategic Riverfront Enhancement Plan

Downstream Strategies worked with the Town of Alderson, West Virginia to develop a plan guiding the redevelopment of Alderson’s downtown river frontage on the Greenbrier River. This project involved cataloging and assessing existing downtown amenities and designing enhancements at five priority locations along the riverfront. Proposed enhancements included extending existing trails to create a contiguous loop for pedestrians and bicyclists that link to waterfront access for swimmers, fishermen, and boaters. Downstream Strategies facilitated community design charrettes and visioning sessions to engage local residents and stakeholders in this project. The final plan provides graphic visualizations of river access sites and a full implementation plan with complete cost estimates.