A.   Policy:
      1.   It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to consider the subdivision of land and the subsequent development of the platted subdivision as subject to the control of the city council and/or pursuant to the official general plan of the city for the orderly, planned, efficient and economical development of the city.
      2.   Land to be laid out and platted shall be of such character that it can be used safely for building purposes without danger to health or peril from fire, flood or other menace, and land shall not be laid out and platted until available public facilities and improvements exist and proper provision has been made, where required, for drainage, culinary water, irrigation water, sewerage and capital improvements, such as schools, parks, recreation facilities, electrical and natural gas distribution facilities, transportation facilities and other improvements.
      3.   The existing and proposed public improvements shall conform to and be properly related to the proposals shown in the general plan, official map and the capital facilities plan and program of the city, and it is intended that these regulations shall supplement and facilitate the enforcement of the provisions and standards contained in building housing codes, public works standards, zoning ordinances, general plan, official map, land use plan and capital facilities plan (as may be applicable) and other programs of the city.
   B.   Purposes: These regulations are adopted for the following purposes:
      1.   To protect and provide for the public health, safety and general welfare, and the keeping of a rural atmosphere for the city citizens.
      2.   To guide the future growth and development of the city, in accordance with the general plan, maintaining a rural quality of life.
      3.   To provide for adequate light, air and privacy, to secure safety from fire, flood and other danger, and to prevent overcrowding of the land and undue congestion of population.
      4.   To protect the rural character of the city and its social and economic stability.
      5.   To encourage the orderly and beneficial development of all parts of the city.
      6.   To protect and conserve the value of land throughout the city and the value of buildings and improvements upon the land, and to minimize the conflicts among the uses of land and buildings.
      7.   To guide public and private policy and action in order to provide adequate and efficient transportation, culinary water, irrigation water, sewer, schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation, streets, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm drainage and other public facilities needs.
      8.   To provide the most beneficial relationship between the uses of land and buildings and the circulation of traffic throughout the city, having particular regard to the avoidance of congestion on the streets and highways, the pedestrian traffic movements appropriate to the various uses of land and buildings, and to provide for the proper location and width of streets and building lines.
      9.   To establish reasonable standards of design and procedures for subdivisions and resubdivisions, in order to further the orderly layout and use of land; and to ensure proper legal descriptions and monuments.
      10.   To ensure public facilities are available and will have a sufficient capacity to serve the proposed subdivision.
      11.   To prevent the pollution of air, streams, rivers, ditches and ponds; to assure the adequacy of drainage facilities; to safeguard the water table; and to encourage the wise use and management of natural resources throughout the city in order to preserve the integrity, stability and rural beauty of the community and the value of the land.
      12.   To preserve the natural beauty and topography of the city and to ensure appropriate development with regard to these natural features. (Ord. 154-01, 12-4-2001)