(A)   The requirements imposed by this chapter are designed to guide the use of land by encouraging the development of structures and uses that are compatible with the predominant character of each of the various districts. Lots, structures and uses of land or structures that do not conform to the requirements of the district in which they are located tend to impede appropriate development.
   (B)   For example, nonconformities are frequently responsible for heavy traffic on residential streets, the overtaxing of parking facilities, the creation of nuisances and/or the lowering of property values.
   (C)   The regulations in this subchapter are intended to alleviate such existing/potential problems by encouraging the gradual elimination of nonconformities.
(1999 Code, § 40-8-1)  (Ord. 5/9/2000-1, passed 5-9-2000)