A.   Purpose: This development code is adopted to implement the general plan and to promote: public health, safety, convenience, aesthetics, welfare; efficient use of land; sustainable land use and building practices; transportation options and accessibility; crime prevention; timely citizen involvement in land use decision making; and efficiency in development review and land use administration.
Specifically, this development code is established to promote the following purposes:
      1.   General:
         a.   To facilitate the orderly growth, development, and redevelopment of the city.
         b.   To facilitate adequate provision for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.
         c.   To stabilize property values.
         d.   To enhance the economic well being of the city and its inhabitants.
      2.   Implementation Of The General Plan: To coordinate and ensure the implementation of the general plan through effective execution of development review requirements, adequate facility and services review, and other goals, policies, or programs contained in the general plan.
      3.   Comprehensive, Consistent, And Equitable Regulations: To establish a system of fair, comprehensive, consistent, and equitable regulations, standards and procedures for review and approval of all proposed land development within the city.
      4.   Efficiently And Effectively Managed Procedures:
         a.   To promote fair procedures which are efficient and effective in terms of time and expense.
         b.   To be effective and responsive in terms of the allocation of authority and delegation of powers and duties among ministerial, appointed, and elected officials.
         c.   To foster a positive customer service attitude and to respect the rights of all applicants and affected citizens.
   B.   Scope: Consistent with the above purpose and intent, this development code establishes land use classifications; creates zoning districts; establishes regulations, prohibitions, and restrictions on land use and development; governs the use of land for residential and nonresidential purposes; regulates the height and bulk of buildings and other structures; regulates lot occupancy and the size of yards and other open spaces; establishes standards of performance and design; adopts a map of the zoning districts; creates a board and commissions for land use and development decisions and defines the powers and duties of the administration, land use authority, and appeal authority; prescribes procedures for changes of districts, conditional use permits, subdivision approvals, variances, special exceptions, appeals, annexations; and prescribes penalties for violations of this title. (Ord. 12-15, 7-11-2012)