River Falls City Hall

River Falls City Hall

The River Falls City Council met on Jan. 11. Here are two things to know: 

Condominium development ordinance

River Falls has extraterritorial jurisdiction over township land adjacent to the city, including zoning authority in areas within approximately one-half mile and subdivision authority within approximately three miles from the city boundary. 

River Falls city ordinances did not expressly address condominium developments in zoning ordinances in these areas, which may have allowed “such developments to proceed without city review and result in land development in a location and at a density at odds with the orderly growth plan of the city.” 

  1. Approval of the fourth addition and final Sterling Ponds plat. 

  2. The addendum to the developer’s agreement between the city of River Falls and Arcon Development for Sterling Ponds was approved. 

  3. City Administrator Scot Simpson conveyed a brief COVID-19 update, noting that there is an increase in COVID-19 related absences at the city and in the school district. 

  4. The mayor appointed Jacob Proue to the Housing Authority and Adam Gierl to the Utility Commission.

An amendment that will apply to condominium developments within the city boundary and within the extraterritorial jurisdiction came before council as did a request to extend the enactment date to 120 days from adoption as opposed to 60 days. . 

The council approved the amendment extending the enactment to 120 days and the original ordinance, including condominium developments in the zoning authority. 

A project in the southwest quadrant of Highway 35 and Glover Road has already been in progress and the extra days would allow for process completion, including meetings with the county.

Public Participation Plan

The council approved a public participation plan, providing opportunities for members of the River Falls community and stakeholders to participate in democratic decision-making processes. 

“The city recognizes the community and stakeholders are a source of knowledge and expertise that can be harnessed to help find solutions to local issues as well as complex city challenges,” the memorandum says. 

Over the summer, the city requested proposals for updates to the 2005 Comprehensive Plan, the 1995 Bike and Pedestrian Plan and the 1995-2000 Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan. 

The request specifically called for the creation of a public participation plan that would address the engagement process, building engagement through in person activities, events, tours, a project website or online platform and student participation.

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