17.01.050: PURPOSE:
Pursuant to the general policy of the city of Kimberly, these regulations are adopted for the following purposes:
   A.   To protect and provide for the public health, safety and general welfare of the municipality and surrounding area.
   B.   To guide the future growth and development of the municipality and surrounding area, in accordance with any comprehensive plan of the city.
   C.   To provide for adequate light, air and privacy, to secure safety from fire, flood and other danger, and to prevent overcrowding of the land and undue congestion of population.
   D.   To protect the character and the social and economic stability of all parts of the municipality and surrounding area, and to encourage the orderly and beneficial development of all parts of the municipality and the surrounding area.
   E.   To protect and conserve the value of land throughout the municipality and surrounding area and the value of buildings and improvements upon such land, and to minimize the conflicts among the uses of land and buildings.
   F.   To guide public and private policy and action in order to provide adequate and efficient transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation and other public requirements and facilities.
   G.   To provide the most beneficial relationship between the uses of land and buildings and the circulation of traffic throughout the municipality and surrounding area, having particular regard to the avoidance of congestion in the streets and highways, and the pedestrian traffic movements appropriate to the various uses of land and buildings and to provide for the proper location and width of streets and building lines.
   H.   To establish reasonable standards of design and procedures for subdivisions and resubdivisions, in order to further the orderly layout and use of land; and to ensure proper legal descriptions and monumenting of subdivided land.
   I.   To ensure that public facilities are available and will have a sufficient capacity to serve any proposed development.
   J.   To prevent the pollution of air, streams and ponds; to assure the adequacy of drainage facilities; to safeguard the water table and water resources; and to encourage sustainable use and management of natural resources throughout the municipality and surrounding area in order to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the community, the ecosystem and the value of the land.
   K.   To preserve the natural beauty and topography of the municipality and surrounding area and to ensure appropriate development with regard to these natural features.
   L.   To provide for open spaces through the most efficient design and layout of the land, including the use of average density in providing for minimum width and area of lots, while preserving the density of land as established in this title.
   M.   To minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions as follows:
      1.   To minimize expenditure of public money and costly flood control projects;
      2.   To minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding which are generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
      3.   To minimize prolonged business interruptions;
      4.   To minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and bridges located in areas of special flood hazard;
      5.   To help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of areas of special flood hazard so as to minimize future flood blight areas;
      6.   To ensure that potential buyers are notified that property is in an area of special flood hazard; and
      7.   To ensure that those who occupy the areas of special flood hazard assume responsibility for their actions. (Ord. 542, 2007)