§ 154-01.01  Interpretation, Purpose and Conformity.
   (A)   In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of a comprehensive plan designed to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; to promote the health, safety, morals or general welfare; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks and other requirements. Except as herein provided to the contrary, it is not intended by this chapter to repeal, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with any existing provision of law or ordinances or any rules, regulations or permits previously adopted, except that any structures or uses of land or buildings commenced after the enactment of this chapter shall be subject to its provisions, and where there is a conflict between any previous law or ordinance, rule or regulation which might otherwise affect such structure or use, the provisions of this chapter shall control.
   (B)   Where any action in regard to a structure or use is regulated or controlled by more than one provision of this chapter, such action shall comply with all applicable provisions of both regulations, except that if a conflict exists the limitation or requirement which is most restrictive shall govern.
   (C)   The land use conformity matrix shall be used to determine consistency with the General Plan for zoning district changes. Arizona state law requires all zoning or rezoning ordinances, regulations or specific plans to be consistent with and conform to the land use element of the General Plan. The City General Plan land use element prescribes a range of land uses. This chapter prescribes a range of allowable uses and development standards for zoning districts of the city. The land use conformity matrix identifies the appropriate city zoning districts that are consistent with and conform to each land use designation identified in the General Plan land use element. The land use conformity matrix meets the purpose and intent of the General Plan to provide a guide for land use, development and on-going planning activities.
('80 Code, App. A, § 10)  (Ord. 583, passed 9-16-1952; Ord. 1979, passed 1-7-1981; Ord. O2001-83, passed 10-3-2001; Ord. O2010-32, passed 7-7-2010)