Land Use and Zoning
Land Use and Zoning
The City of River Falls has adopted zoning and land development standards for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the community. The zoning division reviews and prepares recommendations on applications for development to ensure compliance with the City's municipal code as well as the goals and objectives of the long-range Comprehensive Plan. The zoning division works closely with the Plan Commission, Board of Appeals, and Extraterritorial Zoning Committee.
The Commission is responsible for holding hearings and making decisions about future development patterns, special uses, zoning/rezoning requests and to suggest updates to the zoning ordinances.
Board of Appeals
The Board is responsible for hearing and making decisions on appeals and variances per code requirements.
Extraterritorial Zoning Committee
The Committee is responsible for holding hearings and making decisions about special uses and zoning/rezoning requests in the City's three mile extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Development/Site Plan Review
Development review is required for all new multi-family and non-residential development projects (including building additions). River Falls operates a staff driven review process. Most reviews do not include Plan Commission or City Council review; however, staff and/or the developer have the opportunity to take the process to the governing bodies if necessary.
The purpose of the Development Review Packet is to assist you in following the City of River Falls’ development processes. This packet is not intended to be comprehensive in explaining all of the requirements and approvals but is meant to provide general information and guidance and help explain the process for obtaining approvals. Please see the City’s ordinances, for a comprehensive set of regulations. Or, contact the Community Development Department for regarding your specific project.