Development Services

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Planning and Zoning Code Update

The city is embarking on a year-long project to update the Planning and Zoning Code. The existing code was adopted in the early 1980s and has undergone piecemeal updates throughout the years. A goal from the 2019 Fairfield Forward Comprehensive Plan recommended a complete overall of the existing code in order to carry out the goals and policies outlined in the plan.

The Planning and Zoning Code is the city’s primary tool to guide development throughout the community. It sets standards as to how land can be used such as placement of a building on a lot, how tall a building can be, and the type of signage that can be used to advertise a business. It also addresses the design of new subdivisions in terms of roadway layout, lot size and drainage.

The update will look at making the code more user friendly by updating existing terminology, improving the overall organization, incorporating tables and graphics, and expanding design guidelines throughout the city where appropriate.

The city received proposals from several qualified consulting firms and ultimately selected McBride Dale Clarion, a local firm specializing in code revisions, to lead the update for the city.  

To follow the process and stay up-to-date on proposed changes, please visit

Recent Planning Commission Approvals

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Restaurant

An application has been approved by Planning Commission to construct a 3,000 square foot Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant in the southeast corner of the Meijer parking lot located at 601 Meijer Drive. The property is currently a part of the Meijer-Gilmore Planned Unit Development (PUD).

Click here to view the site plan and building elevations.

Mercy Fairfield Mixed Use PUD - Concept Plan

An application has been approved by Planning Commission to change the zoning of land from B-1, Institutions and Office, to Planned Unit Development at the northeast corner of South Gilmore and Mack Roads. Bon Secours Mercy Health is proposing a nine-acre mixed use development consisting of a 30,000 square foot medical office building, a 4,125 square foot restaurant with a drive-thru, and an 8,400 square foot multi-tenant retail building with a drive-thru.

Click here to view the site plan.

Benzing Estates - Concept Plan

An application has been approved by Planning Commission to change the zoning of a property from B-1, Institutions and Office, to PUD, Planned Unit Development. The property is located on approximately 20 acres of land on the east side of South Gilmore Road (adjacent to Mercy Hospital), approximately 600 feet north of Mack Road. The applicant is proposing to construct  24 patio homes and 20 duplexes (40 units).

Click here to view the site plan.

For any questions, please contact Erin Lynn, Planning Manager, at (513) 867-5345 or

Riegert Square Revitalization Renderings


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.