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Comprehensive Plan
City Comprehensive Plan

In the year 2000 the State of Wisconsin passed a State Statute, Section 66.1001(3) requiring that municipalities have a Comprehensive Plan if it wants to take any action that affects land use after that date.  A comprehensive plan is the policy document that details the vision and goals for the City of River Falls and outlines the steps to take in order to achieve that vision. The City of River Falls Comprehensive Plan guides future decisions regarding physical, social, and economic character of the City. The Plan Commission began work on its Comprehensive Plan in May of 2002 analyzing existing conditions and relevant studies including data collection and analysis.

Throughout the preparation of the Comprehensive Plan, the City was committed to active public outreach and participation in formation and review of the Comprehensive Plan.  There were numerous public meetings, newsletters, and a document entitled “Public Outreach, Issues and Identification.”  Summaries of public meeting notes, survey responses, and sketch plans illustrating development alternatives were presented at public meetings for review and comment.  Throughout the process proper public notices were provided for each of the meetings through the local newspaper, newsletters, cable television, radio, the City website, announcements at public meetings, and notice postings at City Hall.

Having considered the input provided by the State, Counties, Towns, City staff, and comments heard at public meetings, the City Council approved and adopted the Comprehensive Plan in July 2005.

Below are the plan's chapters, figures, and maps. The plan is also available for review at City Hall and the Public Library.

Sketch Plan - Development Alternatives

Comprehensive Plan Summary


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Heritage Resources

Chapter 3 Land Use
Chapter 4 Growth Management Chapter 5 Character Development Chapter 6 Transportation

Chapter 7 Infrastructure
Chapter 8 Natural Resources Chapter 9 Community Services Chapter 10 - Institutional Framework