§ 153.003  PURPOSES.
   (A)   This chapter is established in accordance with the needs of the city. 
   (B)   The text, map, and tables contained herein are adopted for the following purposes:
      (1)   To protect and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the city;
      (2)   To guide and protect the future of the city in an orderly manner and in accordance with the growth and development goals of the Land Use Plan.  The following is a narrative summary of goals:
         (a)   To enhance the environmental quality of life in the city;
         (b)   To promote the growth of tax ratables and expansion of employment;
         (c)   To provide an environment conducive for more commercial activity in the Central Business District;
         (d)   To accommodate growth in an orderly manner;
         (e)   To provide housing opportunities for people of all ages and incomes; and
         (f)   To preserve the city’s character and identity as a small residential city amidst a rural setting.
      (3)   To discourage sprawl development and conflicts between incompatible land uses;
      (4)   To protect and preserve the value of land throughout the city and the value of buildings appropriate to the various districts established by this chapter;
      (5)   To assure that the residential housing environment of the city is safe, healthful, and free of blighting appearances;
      (6)   To protect the natural environment from the pollution of air, streams, and ponds; and to encourage the wise development and sound management of all natural resources throughout the city; and
      (7)   To effectuate those purposes as specified in Public Act 110 of 2006, as amended, being M.C.L.A. § 125.3101 et seq.
(1993 Code, § 154.003)  (Ord. 84-1, passed 1-3-1984)