Comprehensive Plans - River Area Council of Governments

West Carthage, Carthage, Champion and Wilna, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Policy Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning


peter j. smith & company, inc. completed comprehensive plans for four River Area communities: the Village of Carthage, the Village of West Carthage, the Town of Champion and the Town of Wilna. The River Area communities are located along the Black River in New York’s picturesque North Country. Proximate to Fort Drum, a major military installation, the communities are positioned to define their future through planned development.

The preparation of the comprehensive plans was a joint community effort to enhance the region as a whole. The plans provide specific goals and policies to guide each River Area community toward a shared ideal future. Policies focus on maintaining the scenic rural landscapes while promoting friendly, walkable neighborhoods.