(A)   Meaning and intent.  All provisions, terms, phrases, and expressions contained in this Ordinance shall be construed according to the general and specific purposes set forth in § 159.104. If a different or more specific meaning is given for a term defined elsewhere in City of Monroe Code of Ordinances, the meaning and application of the term in this Ordinance shall control for purposes of application of this Ordinance.
   (B)   Text controls in event of conflict. In the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the text of this Ordinance and any heading, caption, figure, illustration, table, or map, the text shall control.
   (C)   Authority for interpretation.  The Stormwater Administrator has authority to determine the interpretation of this Ordinance. Any person may request an interpretation by submitting a written request to the Stormwater Administrator, who shall respond in writing within 30 days. The Stormwater Administrator shall keep on file a record of all written interpretations of this Ordinance.
   (D)   References to statutes, regulations, and documents.  Whenever reference is made to a resolution, ordinance, statute, regulation, manual (including the Design Manual prepared by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources), or document, it shall be construed as a reference to the most recent edition of such that has been finalized and published with due provision for notice and comment, unless otherwise specifically stated.
   (E)   Computation of time.  The time in which an act is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last day. If a deadline or required date of action falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday observed by the City of Monroe, the deadline or required date of action shall be the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday observed by the City of Monroe. References to days are calendar days unless otherwise stated.
   (F)   Delegation of authority. Any act authorized by this Ordinance to be carried out by the Stormwater Administrator of City of Monroe may be carried out by his or her designee.
   (G)   Usage.
      (1)   Mandatory and discretionary terms.  The words "shall," "must," and "will" are mandatory in nature, establishing an obligation or duty to comply with the particular provision. The words "may" and "should" are permissive in nature.
      (2)   Conjunctions.  Unless the context clearly indicates the contrary, conjunctions shall be interpreted as follows: The word "and" indicates that all connected items, conditions, provisions and events apply. The word "or" indicates that one or more of the connected items, conditions, provisions or events apply.
      (3)   Tense, plurals, and gender.  Words used in the present tense include the future tense. Words used in the singular number include the plural number and the plural number includes the singular number, unless the context of the particular usage clearly indicates otherwise. Words used in the masculine gender include the feminine gender, and vice versa.
   (H)   Measurement and computation.  Lot area refers to the amount of horizontal land area contained inside the lot lines of a lot or site.
(Ord. O-2007-24, passed 9-18-07)