For the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, convenience, and general welfare, this ordinance has been established to:
A. Further the Maintenance of safe and healthful conditions and prevent and control water pollution by limiting structures to those areas where soil and geological conditions will provide a safe foundation; establishing setbacks and minimum lot sizes and widths to provide adequate area for open space, privacy, and private onsite waste treatment systems; and controlling filling and grading to prevent flooding and serious soil erosion problems.
B. Protect Fish and Other Aquatic Life by preserving spawning grounds, wetlands, and other fish and aquatic habitat; regulating pollution sources; and controlling shoreline and channel alterations, dredging, and lagooning.
C. Preserve Natural Beauty along shorelines by restricting the removal of natural shoreland cover, preventing shoreline encroachment by boathouses and other structures, and controlling shoreline excavation and other earth-moving activities.
D. Prevent Flood Damage to persons and property; protect life, health and property; minimize expenditures of public funds for costly flood control projects; minimize rescue and relief efforts, generally undertaken at the expense of the tax-paying public; minimize business interruptions, which often result in the loss of local incomes; minimize damage to public facilities such as water mains, sewer lines, streets, and bridges within floodplains; minimize the occurrence of future flood blight areas within floodplains; discourage the victimization of unwary land and home buyers; and prevent increases in flood heights that could increase flood damage and result in conflicts among landowners.
E. Limit Development in a floodplain unless there is no practicable alternative to locate the activity, use, or structure outside of the floodplain.
F. Establish Minimum lot sizes and widths, building setbacks from navigable waters, and shoreland buffer standards to limit cumulative impacts to aquatic life habitat and water quality.