The Fairfield Township Zoning Commission consists of six (6) legal residents of the township that are appointed by the Township Trustees to serve a five (5) year term with one (1) term expiring every year. There are five (5) permanent positions and one (1) alternate position.* The function of the Zoning Commission is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees with regard to amendments to the zoning text and map.
704: Zoning Commission
704.01 Appointment and Term of Office
The Zoning Commission shall be composed of six (6)* members who reside in the unincorporated area of the Township, appointed by the Board of Trustees. The terms of the members shall be for a period of five (5) years and so arranged that the term of one member will expire each year. Each member shall serve until his/her successor is appointed and certified by notice from the Township Clerk.
The Board of Trustees may remove a member of the Commission from office for cause upon written charges and after a public hearing.
Vacancies shall be filled by the Board of Trustees for an unexpired term.
704.02 Powers and Duties
The Zoning Commission shall have the powers and duties prescribed by the Ohio Revised Code and by this Resolution, including:
(a) The Commission shall reorganize in January of each year in a meeting called by its Chairperson or Secretary and shall elect from its membership a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary.
(b) The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for the transaction of business.
(c) The Commission shall maintain a record of its actions and determinations.
(d) The Commission may initiate amendments to the Zoning Resolution and submit recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
(e) The Commission shall review and submit recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding applications for district changes and for proposed amendments to the Resolution.
(f) The Commission may submit recommendations regarding special issues referred to it by the Board of Trustees.
(g) With the approval of the Trustees, engage the services of counsel, consultants and Township or County officials as it deems necessary.
(h) Carry on a periodic review of the effectiveness and appropriateness of this Resolution and recommend such changes or amendments as are appropriate.
Meetings of the Commission shall be held at the call of the Chairperson or Secretary and at other times as the Commission may determine. All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public.
The Commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon each question or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be kept as a public record.
Three (3) members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. Such quorum may exercise the powers of the Commission and the actions of a majority of the full Commission. All actions of the Commission shall have the concurrence of at least three (3) members. The failure of any proposed amendment, supplement, or action to receive an affirmative vote of at least three (3) members shall be considered a recommendation or vote against such amendment, supplement, or action and shall be so recorded and certified as applicable.