Zoning Department

The Zoning Code is adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, comfort, property or general welfare by regulating and restricting the bulk, height, design, percent of lot coverage and location of buildings, regulating and limiting the density of population, regulating the use of buildings and land for agriculture, residence, business, industry or other uses, and for such purposes to divide the City into districts of such number, shape and area as may be considered best to carry out these regulations and provide for their enforcement. In addition, more specific purposes are as follows:

(1) To protect the character and the values of the agricultural, residential, business, industrial and recreational areas and to assure their orderly and beneficial development;

(2) To provide adequate open spaces for light and air, to prevent overcrowding the land, excessive concentration of the population, and, on the other hand, excessive and wasteful scattering of the population;

(3) To lessen congestion on the streets, to improve the public safety by locating buildings and uses adjacent to streets so that they will cause the least interference with, and be damaged the least by, traffic movements;

(4) To facilitate adequate provisions for public utilities and facilities such as recreation, schools, sewerage, water, transportation and other public requirements; and

(5) To encourage the most appropriate uses of the land and guide the future development of the City.