Breakthrough Planning  

Aligning Actions with Aspirations

Breakthrough Strategic Planning goes beyond simply identifying goals and assigning responsibilities. We work to bring all of the community partners together around one table to begin the process of planning for great places. When everyone works together to determine the shape of their community’s future, big change is inevitable. The work of fostering a high quality of life and creating great places is critical to the economic and social health of communities and therefore steps must be taken to ensure valuable resources are being put to good use.


Unlike other planning firms, we don't offer every service. This allows us to specialize in the work we do best and find most meaningful. Our core services provide meaningful and implementable strategies for revitalizing downtowns, because that is our passion and what we feel will make the most impact on the quality of life for small to medium sized communities. We aren't able to be all things to all clients, but we will be the best revitalization consultant that you can hire.

Revitalization Roadmap   

Setting the Course to a Vibrant Main Street

Before undertaking any important process or journey to a destination, a community must prepare a clear and concise roadmap to ensure it is achieved. At DRS we understand the importance of setting a destination and charting a clear course to implementation. After working with hundreds of communities through a similar process,  we have developed the Revitalization Roadmap process to serve as a streamlined alternative to the traditional planning services. By working, hands-on, with communities through the downtown revitalization process, we have been able to identify and remove unnecessary steps, focusing on the most important issues. This streamlined process allows us to complete a more pertinent and implementable project in a shorter period of time, all while providing a cost savings leaving more money for implementation.

Development Readiness Initiative 

Preparing Your Community for Redevelopment

A downtown is only as strong as the merchants, tenants, and services that support the local community. In order to offer appropriate styles and densities of development to meet community needs, a community must be proactive about development. To become proactive, your community must become “Development Ready”. This process will ensure that the needed services or amenities are provided to your community, creating a sustainable economic engine and tax base. 


In support of our streamlined planning, many of our clients continue to request follow-up services to further the vision and goals created from Breakthrough Planning and the Revitalization Roadmap. Our firm also offers the below downtown planning services:

  • Downtown Master Plans

  • Municipal Strategic Plans

  • Community Visioning and Goal Setting

  • Main Street Organization Services