The Planning Commission provides a vision for the ongoing development and growth of the city and its neighborhoods. It promotes and coordinates long-range planning, approves development plans and advises City Council on issues relating to growth and development.
The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are held in the City Council chambers of the Fairfield Municipal Building, 5350 Pleasant Avenue.
The Fairfield Planning Commission consists of seven members. The Planning Commission's membership is comprised as follows:
First Ward representative: Tom Hasselbeck
Second Ward representative: Don Hassler
Third Ward representative: Ron D'Epifanio
Fourth Ward representative: Scott Lepsky
Fairfield City School District representative: Brian Begley
Parks and Recreation Board representative: Dale Pallus
City Council representative: Bill Woeste
The Director of Development Services attends all meetings of the Planning Commission and may take part in all discussions of the Commission, but does not have the right to vote on any matter before the Commission.
The Planning Commission shall have the following powers, duties and functions:
Location, character and design of streets, alleys, viaducts, bridges, waterways, waterfronts, subways, boulevards, parkways, parks, playgrounds, airports and other public grounds ways, open spaces, buildings and other public property.
Location and character of public utilities (whether owned by the City or investor owned) for water, wastewater treatment, electric and gas service, transportation, communications and other purposes.
Preservation and care for historical landmarks, and the design and location of statuary and other works of art to be or which are located on the City's property.
Development, redevelopment and renewal of the City.
The use of land and the zoning thereof within the City.
Subdivision and other land development regulations of the City.
Exterior design, signs, arrangement, texture and materials for public and private buildings and structures within the City, considering the historical or architectural value and significance of the building or structure and its relationship to the characteristics and features of the surrounding area.
The Council shall implement the comprehensive plan by the adoption of appropriate ordinances and resolutions. The Council shall keep the Planning Commission informed concerning such ordinances and resolutions, and the Planning Commission shall monitor proposed actions of the Council upon its own initiative.
In the event the Planning Commission or the chairman thereof shall determine that any such proposed ordinance or resolution appears to be in conflict with the comprehensive plan, the chairman of the Planning Commission shall immediately notify the Council in writing that such ordinance or resolution should be referred to the Commission for its review for consistency with the comprehensive plan.
Upon receipt of such notice, the president of Council shall immediately refer such ordinance or resolution to the Commission and the Council shall not take further action thereon until it has received and considered the Commission's written recommendations or until a period of thirty days after the referral of the ordinance or resolution to the Commission, whichever, occurs first. A concurring vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of Council shall be necessary to pass any such ordinance or resolution which differs from the written recommendations of the Planning Commission, but in no event shall such ordinance or resolution be passed unless it receives at least a majority vote of the members of Council.
The failure of the Council to comply with this division shall not invalidate any ordinance or resolution adopted unless a civil action in an appropriate court is commenced by the Planning Commission, director of law or a taxpayer of the City to enjoin Council's action within 15 days after the passage of the ordinance or resolution. In the event such a civil action shall be commenced, the effectiveness of the ordinance or resolution may be stayed by the court, and in such event, the ordinance or resolution shall not become effective until such civil action is finally resolved by the courts.
In reviewing the action of the Council, the courts shall determine if the action is in substantial compliance with the comprehensive plan. If such court determination is in the affirmative, the civil action shall be dismissed. If the court's determination is in the negative, the action of the Council shall be enjoined until the Council's action is in substantial compliance with the comprehensive plan or subsequent revisions to the plan.
This section shall not give the Planning Commission any jurisdiction or control over the power of the Council to levy taxes or issue bonds, notes or certificates of indebtedness, and the validity of such tax levies and bond, note or other debt issues shall not be impaired or adversely affected by this section.