(A)   Purpose.
      (1)   This chapter is adopted in order to safeguard the best interests of the city and to assist the subdivider in harmonizing the subdivider’s interests with those of the city at expanding community, and to which the community will be forced to adhere, and because piecemeal planning of subdivisions will bring on undesirable, disconnected patchwork or pattern and poor circulation of traffic unless its design and arrangement is correlated to a comprehensive plan of the city aiming at a unified scheme of community interests, all subdivisions of land hereafter submitted for approval to the city and the Planning Commission shall, in all respects, fully comply with the regulations hereinafter set forth in this chapter.
      (2)   It is the purpose of this chapter to make certain regulations and requirements for the platting of land within the city to provide for health, safety, and the general welfare and to:
         (a)   Provide for and guide the orderly, economic and safe development of land and urban
services and facilities;
         (b)   Encourage well planned, efficient, and attractive subdivisions by establishing adequate standards for design and construction;
         (c)   Facilitate adequate provision for streets, transportation, city water, city sewer, storm drainage, schools, parks, playgrounds, and other public services and facilities;
         (d)   Assure that a reasonable portion of any proposed subdivision is dedicated to the public or preserved for public use as streets; roads; sewers; electric, gas and water facilities; storm water drainage and holding areas or ponds; and similar utilities and improvements;
         (e)   Assure that public improvements are constructed to adequate standards;
         (f)   Place the cost of improvements against those benefiting from their construction;
         (g)   Secure the rights of the public with respect to public lands and waters;
         (h)   Assure that new subdivisions are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the Growth Development Plan, and overall development objectives of the city;
         (i)   Achieve a more secure tax base; and
         (j)   Set the minimum requirements necessary to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare.
   (B)   Application of this chapter. Any plat for each subdivision or each part thereof lying within the jurisdiction of this chapter, shall be prepared, presented for approval and recorded as herein prescribed. The regulations contained herein shall apply to the subdivision of a lot, tract or parcel of land into two or more lots, tracts or other division of land for the purpose of sale or of building development, whether immediate or future, including the resubdivision or replatting of land or lots; except, where the subdivision or re-subdivision meets the requirements of a minor subdivision or is listed as an exception.
(Ord. 85, passed 4- -2005)