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Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee reviews development plans in the Town Center (D-1 Zoning District). No building permit is issued without plan review by the Design Review Committee and plan approval by the Planning Commission. The Design Review Committee submits a written recommendation to the Planning Commission, who then approves or disapproves the plans.

Design Review Committee Meetings

The Design Review Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Municipal Building.  5350 Pleasant Avenue.

Submitting Plans for Design Review

Three (3) copies of site development and building plans/elevations to scale must be submitted 10 days prior to the meeting.

Design Review Guidelines

Design Review Guidelines

The project will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1. Site design
2. Architectural character
3. Materials and color
4. Ingress, egress and parking
5. Landscaping
6. Screening and buffering
7. Signage
8. Exterior lighting

Particular attention shall be made to assure architectural style and quality, roof structures, exterior colors, building materials, and other features are compatible with the Design Guidelines. Unless otherwise approved by the Design Review Committee, earth tone colors shall prevail in town center buildings and other exterior components. As provided for within the Design Review Guidelines, the committee will review plans to assure that the objectives of the Design Guidelines are achieved.

Reasonable additional requirements as to landscaping, lighting, signs or other advertising devices, screening, accessways, building placement, building setback and height limitations may be imposed by the Design Review Committee for the protection of adjoining property owners and to maintain a consistent town center image.

All building elevation drawings, site plans, exterior material and color palates, signs and landscape plans must be reviewed by the Design Review Committee. Please refer to Chapter 1168, D-1 Zoning District, in the zoning code.

Design Review Members

The Design Review Committee consists of nine members, four of whom represent each of the four quadrants that make up the town center. The current Committee members are:

Northwest quadrant representative: Bert Huffer

Northeast quadrant representative: Zachary Ketring

Southeast quadrant representative: Kert Radel, chair person

Southwest quadrant representative: Arvind Kocher

Planning Commission representative:  Tom Hasselbeck

Citizen-at-large representative: Jeffrey Larkin

Fairfield City Council representative: Chad Oberson

Development Services Director: Tim Bachman

Building Division Superintendent: Rick Helsinger