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The Planning Commission shall follow the following standards in the approval of plats.
(A) Planning principles. The planning principles established in this chapter are intended to be fundamental standards to be applied with professional skill in the planning of land so as to produce attractive and harmonious neighborhoods, convenient and safe streets and economical layouts of residential and other land development. It may not be possible to incorporate all the principles in each subdivision, especially small developments, however, the Commission shall determine if certain standards are not applicable. Alternate designs should be thoroughly studied to obtain the best plan to assure stable and high value neighborhoods and safe and efficient street patterns.
(B) Natural land use. Subdivisions shall be planned to take advantage of the topography of the land in order to utilize the natural contours and economize in the construction of drainage facilities, to reduce the amount of grading and to minimize destruction of trees and topsoil. The natural features and other distinctive characteristics of the site shall be integrated into the plan to create functional variations in the neighborhoods. Topographic maps shall be utilized in the land planning.
(‘65 Code, § 1379.01) (Ord. 1917, passed 7-21-64; Am. Ord. 08-026, passed 6-3-08)