Fairfield eyes revised zoning code

COLUMBIANA — Fairfield Township zoning inspector Adam Booth told township trustees last week he is waiting for a response from a private consulting firm to 15 questions on the final revisions to the zoning code.

In place since 1993, zoning remains “a strong foundation for a healthy balance of rural and residential lifestyles,” according to the township website.

A private consulting firm was hired to update the 84-page zoning book.

Trustees have talked about tightening up the text, because as Trustee John Garwood said last March, “… some of it doesn’t apply.”

He said more clarification was needed to be spelled out for the zoning commission and board of zoning appeals, so the zoning inspector can key it to the book.

“It’s more of local management, how we manage it so it’s user friendly but also protects and preserves our land-aesthetic value of the township,” he said.

“We’re an agriculture state and county and farmland is important to how we develop. We want to make people are aware it is zoned and if they do know, they know just what it means.”

As a way to help preserve those land values, they need a road map for generations to come.

In other business, Booth said two new building permits were issued, one for a garage and one for a new home on state Route 164.

Trustees also discussed and a right-of-way issue on Redpath Drive. They agreed to send the resident a letter and advise them to contact road foreman Mel Miller with any questions.

Trustee Barry Miner said there will be a meeting with Howells and Baird Engineers to set a bid date for the large-diameter culvert project that will address four priority culvert areas determined to be the worst. He expects that in April or May.