(A)   This chapter is enacted to regulate the location, bulk, number of stories, and sizes of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lots which may be occupied, the sizes of yards, courts, and other open spaces, the density and distribution of populations, and the uses of buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residence, recreation, conservation, protection against floods, public activities, and other purposes; to create districts for these purposes; to provide the method of administration, amendment, and appeal; to create and define the duties of the Planning Commission with respect to these regulations; to provide for the imposition of penalties for violations of these regulations; to establish a means by which conflicting regulations can be repealed; and for other purposes.
   (B)   In their interpretation and application, the provisions of these regulations shall be held to be the minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of the public health, safety, and welfare. The zoning regulations in districts as herein established have been made in accordance with the Town Comprehensive Plan for the above purposes. These zoning regulations have been designed, among other things:
      (1)   To encourage such distribution of population and such classification of land uses and distribution of land development and utilization as would tend to facilitate economic and adequate provisions for transportation, communications, roads, airports, water supply drainage, sanitation, education, recreation, or other public requirements;
      (2)   To lessen congestion on streets;
      (3)   To secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers;
      (4)   To provide adequate light and air;
      (5)   To foster the state's agricultural and other industries;
      (6)   To protect the food supply;
      (7)   To guide the development of the town in accordance with the existing and future needs;
      (8)   To prevent the overcrowding of land and the undue concentration of population;
      (9)   To protect the scenic areas; and preserve historic sites;
      (10)   To promote desirable living conditions and the sustained stability of neighborhoods;
      (11)   To protect property against blight and depreciation;
      (12)   To secure economy in government expenditures;
      (13)   To conserve the value of land and buildings;
      (14)   To encourage the most appropriate use of land and structures; and
      (15)   To conserve natural resources.
('81 Code, §§ 155.03 and 155.12) (Ord. passed 8-13-79; Am. Ord. 02024, passed 6-11-02; Am. Ord. 14047, passed 8-12-14)