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Rock Falls prepares to rezone riverfront

Goal is to allow mixed uses in the RB&W District

ROCK FALLS – City Council members Tuesday began the process of making the downtown Riverside Bike & Walk District a mixed-zoning district.

They agreed to refer a draft of the mixed-zoning proposal to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

Planning and Zoning will refer it to the city’s ordinance committee, which then will send it back to the council for review, said Sandy Henrekin, Rock Falls Community Development Corp. director.

The city does not yet have zoning that allows retail, commercial and residential in the same area, Henrekin said.

“This is just the first step.”

Among the permitted uses in a mixed-use district are two-family dwellings, art studios and galleries, bed-and-breakfasts and fishing piers.

Henrekin said she hopes the council will approve the zoning by its second meeting in November.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St.

Also Tuesday, council members learned that the Rock Falls Fire Department’s new ATV arrives today. An $18,650 Monsanto Co. grant is paying for the ATV, which will be shared with other area agencies and used for search-and-rescue work.

The council also was told that the police department’s new 2012 Ford F-150 pickup, being used by senior patrolman Jeremy Vondra and his K-9 partner, Nero, started patrolling Friday.

It is equipped with a Hot-N-Pop, a safety device that honks the horn, activates the light bar, starts a fan, and rolls down the windows if it gets too hot inside. 

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