12-1-1: PURPOSE:
   A.   The subdivision of land is the first step in the process of urban development. The arrangement of land parcels in the community for residential, commercial, and industrial uses and for streets, alleys, schools, parks and other public purposes will determine, to a large degree, the conditions of health, safety, economy, and amenity that prevail in the urban area. The quality of these conditions is of the public interest. These regulations and standards for the subdivision and improvement of land for urban use are to make provisions for adequate light, air, open space, drainage, transportation, public utilities and other needs, to ensure the development and maintenance of a healthy, attractive and efficient community that provides for the conservation and protection of its human and natural resources.
   B.   These regulations are designed, intended and should be administered in a manner to:
      1.   Implement the master plan.
      2.   Provide neighborhood conservation and prevent the development of slums and blight.
      3.   Harmoniously relate the development of the various tracts of land to the existing community and facilitate the future development of adjoining tracts.
      4.   Provide that the cost of improvements which primarily benefit the tract of land being developed be borne by the owners or developers of the tract, as provided in these regulations.
      5.   Provide the best possible design for the tract.
      6.   Resolve any differences of interest.
      7.   Establish adequate, accurate, and accessible records of land subdivision.
      8.   Ensure a maximum effort for the protection of the manmade and natural environment and to encourage, in the development of land, the minimum adverse effect thereto. (Ord. 5157, 8-10-1981)