Development Services

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COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Recognizing that small businesses were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fairfield City Council and the Butler County Commissioners set aside funding from the federal CARES Act to provide grants to eligible small businesses. Locally-owned businesses with a physical storefront in the city were assisted through grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, based on the number of employees of the business. The results are highlighted below:


New TIF Districts Created

Fairfield City Council recently approved the creation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in two targeted commercial and industrial areas of the city. The goal of the TIF districts is to foster new development and redevelopment in these areas by creating a funding source for public improvements. 

The creation of a TIF district will not raise taxes on any included property now or in the future. The school districts are held harmless, meaning that each district (Fairfield City, Lakota Local, and Butler Tech) will receive the same amount of revenue as each would receive without implementation of any TIF districts. No residential properties are included within the districts.

South Town Center: This  district encompasses the southern two quadrants of downtown (south of Nilles Road) and continues down Pleasant Avenue to John Gray Road. A TIF district was previously established in the North Town Center area, north of Nilles Road. Boundary Map

Northeast Area: This district encompasses commercial properties on each side of Route 4 between Springdale and Hamilton, as well as much of the industrial areas of the city to the north and east of Route 4. Boundary Map

The city held an informational meeting for the public on October 29, 2020. The presentation shared at the meeting is available here

Recently Approved Changes to the Construction Handbook

City Council voted to approve updates to the Design, Construction, and Materials Specification Handbook on September 28, 2020. The updated handbook may be viewed here.  

For questions or comments, please email or call (513) 867-5345.

North Route 4 Study Completed

The city commissioned Market Metrics LLC to conduct a market analysis of the North Route 4 corridor, focused north of Nilles Road to Hamilton. The firm analyzed demographic and economic data to understand development trends and the strength of the local market.

The full report is available here.

City_of_Fairfield_CompPlan_Logo - Blue Final NO DATEComprehensive Plan Adopted by City Council

The year-long process to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan concluded on December 2, 2019 with the adoption of the plan by City Council. The plan will guide the development and redevelopment of the City, and will assist elected and appointed officials in making decisions related to planning and zoning, economic development, and capital improvement projects over the next 10-20 years. 

To read the adopted plan, click here.


The City of Fairfield Development Services Department is responsible for all building and site plan reviews, comprehensive city planning, economic development, flood zone administration, building permits and inspections, and property maintenance inspections.

The Department is devoted to growing, maintaining, and enhancing Fairfield’s commercial and residential base. Staff prides itself on being business-friendly, with a sharp focus on customer service. The Department also provides support and guidance for City Council, Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.