Zoning defines an area's density, permitted uses and applicable standards for development per the City of Ridgefield Development Code.

Comprehensive Plan Designations & Implementing Zones

The City of Ridgefield provides flexible zoning regulations for a range of quality development. The Comprehensive Plan (PDF) designations establish the basic land uses and intensities. To implement the planning priorities and provide adequate land for projected residential and employment growth, land is classified according to land use designation and overlays.

The designations, locations, and boundaries of the districts are shown on the Ridgefield Zoning Map (PDF). For more information, see the Ridgefield Municipal Code Chapter 18.200.

Plan DesignationZoning District
Residential/Urban Low (UL)Residential Low Density
RLD-4, RLD-6, RLD-8
Residential/Urban Medium (UM)Residential Medium Density
City CenterCentral Mixed Use (CMU)
Neighborhood CommercialNeighborhood Business (CNB)
General Commercial (GC)Community Business (CCB)
Regional Business (CRB)
Junction Mixed Use (JMU)
Mixed Use (MU)Waterfront Mixed Use (WMU)
Waterfront Low Scale (WLS)
EmploymentOffice (OFF)
Industrial (IND)
Industrial Mixed (IM)
Employment (EMP)
Public Facilities Public Facilities (PF)
Park/Open SpacePublic Park/Open Space (P/OS)
Special Overlay DistrictsLake River View Protection (LRVP)
Urban Holding (UH-10)
Employment Mixed-Use Overlay (EMUO)
Ridgefield Mixed Use Overlay (PMUO)

  • Urban Low-Density Residential: Provide predominately single family, detached residential opportunities at densities between 4 and 8 units per net acre.
  • Urban Medium-Density Residential: Provide for a mix of residential opportunities at higher densities, including a variety of housing types.
  • City Center: Protect and enhance the small-scale, compact and mixed character of the City's older central core.
  • General Commercial: Provide for business and commercial activities to meet local and regional demand.
  • Neighborhood Commercial: Create opportunities for low-intensity business and service uses to serve proximate residential neighborhoods.
  • Mixed Use: Facilitate a mix of residential and commercial uses to create compact development patterns.
  • Employment: Provide for industrial and office uses serving regional market areas that create significant regional employment opportunities.
  • Public Facilities: Provide for essential public uses such as education, medical and infrastructure facilities necessary to serve City or regional residents.
  • Park/Open Space: Preserve open land for recreational use and environmental protection.
  • Lake River View Protection: Preserve and capitalize upon the views from the downtown heights over the waterfront area and onto the wildlife refuge.
  • Urban Holding: Limit development until the area can be adequately served by public infrastructure.
  • Employment Mixed Use Overlay: Provide for a mix of compatible light industrial, service, office, retail and residential uses.
  • Ridgefield Mixed Use Overlay: Provide for an interconnected mix of residential, commercial and office uses to implement the 45th and Pioneer subarea plan.

Looking for information on a specific property?

Step 1: Visit Clark County Property Information Center

  • Visit Clark County Property Information Center.
    • Search for the property either by address or tax account (parcel number).
    • Use this video Tutorial on how to navigate the Property Information Center.
  • Verify jurisdiction. Not all postal addresses of Ridgefield, WA area actually located within the City of Ridgefield's jurisdiction.
  • Note the zoning designation.

If the property is located within Clark County's jurisdiction, please contact Clark County at 360-397-2375.

Step 2: What is the property zoned?

Each piece of property has unique qualities and the zoning designation defines many things including allowed uses. Zoning may be found by visiting the Clark County Property Information Center.

You may also reference the Ridgefield Zoning Map.

Step 3: What uses are allowed on this property?

Each zoning designation has types of uses that are permitted outright, allowed as a limited use, conditional use, or are prohibited.

Use the Master Use Table (18.205.020) to determine allowed uses.