It is the intent of this chapter to protect, maintain, and enhance the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the City by:
   (a)   Protecting and maintaining the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of groundwater and surface waters.
   (b)   Preventing activities that adversely affect groundwater and surface water resources.
   (c)   Encouraging the use of stormwater management systems that approximate natural systems.
   (d)   Ensuring that stormwater runoff peak rates, volumes, and pollutant loadings are no greater than natural conditions.
   (e)   Maintaining and restoring groundwater levels.
   (f)   Preventing damage to wetlands and other natural resources.
   (g)   Minimizing soil erosion and sedimentation.
   (h)   Requiring surface and stormwater management practices that comply with the requirements of this chapter.
   (i)   Promoting the development of stormwater retention and detention facilities that are aesthetically desirable.
   (j)   Following the direction established by the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
(Ord. 11-01. Passed 8-21-01.)