For subdivisions, in their interpretation and application, the provisions of this Zoning Code shall be held to be the minimum requirements to provide for the coordination of subdivision streets with existing streets and roads, or with the plan or plats of the municipality, for the proper amount of open spaces, for traffic circulation, and utilities, and for the avoidance of future congestions of population detrimental to the public health and safety, and for the actual construction of streets or other improvements or facilities or assurance of such construction as a condition precedent to the approval of a subdivision plat.
   Unless specifically noted otherwise, in interpreting and applying the provisions of this Zoning Code, these provisions shall be considered the minimum requirements necessary for the promotion of the public health, safety and general welfare.  They shall be construed to further the purposes and objectives set forth herein and the purposes and intent of each district as set forth in each district chapter.
   (a)   Except as specifically provided herein, the provisions of this Zoning Code shall not repeal, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with any existing deed or plat restrictions, ordinances, laws, rules, or permits previously adopted or issued, and shall not be construed as removing or rendering inoperative any deed or land restriction formerly established by restrictive covenants running with the land, easements or other agreements between parties.
   (b)   In cases where this Zoning Code imposes a greater restriction upon the use of buildings or land or upon the height and/or bulk of buildings, or requires larger lot area, yards, setbacks, or other open spaces than are imposed or required by such other laws or ordinances, or by such rules and regulations, the provisions of this Zoning Code shall govern. Conversely, other regulations shall govern where they are more restrictive in nature than this Zoning Code.
      (Ord. 8-13. Passed 5-14-13.)