This chapter is adopted for the following purposes.
   (A)   To promote the public health, safety, morals, comfort and general welfare of the people.
   (B)   To identify zones or districts in the city regulating the location and use of buildings, structures and land for residential, business, manufacturing and other specified purposes, and to allow for orderly and logical mixing of uses where appropriate.
   (C)   To protect the character and stability of the residential, business and manufacturing areas within the city, and to promote the orderly and beneficial development of these areas.
   (D)   To provide adequate light, air, privacy and convenience of access to property.
   (E)   To provide for the environmental, economic and cultural sustainability of the city.
   (F)   To support the city's resilience to hazards, climate change, economic upheaval and other unexpected occurrences.
   (G)   To promote equitable distribution of public benefits, facilities and capacities
   (H)   To influence the city's character and sense of place in a manner to attract investment and support the value of property.
   (I)   To enhance the attractiveness of the city through landscaping requirements, buffers and parking lot improvements.
   (J)   To mitigate impacts of development through requirements for stormwater management and other sustainability measures.
   (K)   To manage the intensity and use of lot areas, and to determine the area of open spaces surrounding buildings necessary to provide adequate light and air, and to protect the public health.
   (L)   To establish building lines and the location of buildings designed for residential, business,  manufacturing or other uses within the areas for attractive and healthy environments that the enhance quality of life.
   (M)   To set reasonable standards to which buildings, structures and the use of property shall conform.
   (N)   To prohibit uses, buildings or structures incompatible with the character of development or intended uses within specified zoning districts.
   (O)   To limit congestion and promote safety by providing for the appropriate amount of off-street parking of motor vehicles and the loading of commercial vehicles.
   (P)   To provide for safe and efficient travel for pedestrians and those on bicycles.
   (Q)   To protect against fire, explosion, noxious fumes, the spread of disease, and other hazards in the interest of public health, safety, comfort and the general welfare.
   (R)   To prevent overdevelopment of property that causes overcrowding of land uses and people, density that is inappropriate for the site, or potential adverse impacts on adjacent sites.
   (S)   To conserve the taxable value of land and buildings throughout the city.
   (T)   To provide for the phasing out of nonconforming uses of land, buildings and structures adversely affecting the character and value of desirable development in each district.
   (U)   To prevent additions, alterations or remodeling of existing buildings or structures that adversely impact adjacent properties and/or circumvent existing restrictions or limitations.
   (V)   To preserve sites, areas and structures of historical, architectural and aesthetic importance.
   (W)   To define the powers and duties of administrative officers and bodies.
   (X)   To prescribe penalties for the violation of, and methods for the enforcement of, the provisions of this chapter or any amendment thereto.
(Ord. 21-016, passed 8-18-21)