I have been looking over our city’s municipal zoning ordinance. In chapter 17 I came across something rather interesting. There its authors, our elected and non-elected officials, define what they want the zoning ordinance to accomplish (it is pasted below). As I read through the 14 statements of principle, I was impressed and found I was asking myself what future use of the EMC site would be most in keeping with the intent of the zoning ordinance’s authors. Read them (they are below): it won’t take long. Whether or not you support the idea of a park, do one thing for yourself when you are listening to someone present her or his proposed use for the site, ask yourself, “Is it in keeping with the principles and intent of our city’s muncipal zoning ordinance?” You might want to even consider asking the the presenter the same question. Urbs in Horto.
17-1-0500 Purpose and intent.
This Zoning Ordinance is adopted for the purpose of:
- 17-1-0501 promoting the public health, safety and general welfare;
- 17-1-0502 preserving the overall quality of life for residents and visitors;
- 17-1-0503 protecting the character of established residential neighborhoods;
- 17-1-0504 maintaining economically vibrant as well as attractive business and commercial areas;
- 17-1-0505 retaining and expanding the city’s industrial base;
- 17-1-0506 implementing the policies and goals contained with officially adopted plans, including the Central Area Plan;
- 17-1-0507 promoting pedestrian, bicycle and transit use;
- 17-1-0508 maintaining orderly and compatible land use and development patterns;
- 17-1-0509 ensuring adequate light, air, privacy, and access to property;
- 17-1-0510 encouraging environmentally responsible development practices;
- 17-1-0511 promoting rehabilitation and reuse of older buildings;
- 17-1-0512 maintaining a range of housing choices and options;
- 17-1-0513 establishing clear and efficient development review and approval procedures; and
- 17-1-0514 accommodating growth and development that complies with the preceding stated purposes.