Fairfield plans to annex land from the township

July 26, 2018 by  

Fairfield would like to annex 28 acres from the township to make it part of the City of Fairfield, which requires approval of the measure by the Butler County Commissioners.

Township trustees are disappointed by the action, and are researching how much input they have; however, the law allows cities to annex land that is contiguous to its limits, and which it owns, as is the case here.

Fairfield’s city manager, Mark Wendling, said the city has always planned to annex the land, which is tax-exempt, so that it can provide law enforcement there, something it cannot do at present. As development proceeds, park rangers and police officers could legally patrol the area, which would then be part of Fairfield.

The annexation will be used to expand Marsh Park, which covers 170 acres but is largely undeveloped except for a fishing lake of 60 acres, and a hiking/biking trail. Plans include a new dog park, as well as the development of a trailhead for a planned expansion to the Great Miami River Trail, which is still in the works.

The improvements come under the Marsh Park Corridor Master Plan, and would also include extending the trail from Waterworks Park, through the dog park, then along the River to Marsh Park, and finally leading into Hamilton County.

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