Land Use Ordinance

Land Use Ordinance

Purpose.
The purpose of this ordinance is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the town; to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the municipality; to promote traffic safety; to provide safety from fire and other elements; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of real estate; to promote a wholesome home environment; to prevent housing development in unsanitary areas; to provide an allotment of land area in new developments sufficient for all the requirements of community life; to conserve natural resources; to prevent and control water pollution; to protect fish spawning grounds, aquatic life, bird and other wildlife habitat; to protect buildings and lands from flooding and accelerated erosion; to protect archaeological and historic resources; to protect freshwater wetlands; to control building sites, placement of structures and land uses; to conserve shore cover, and visual as well as actual points of access to inland and coastal waters; to conserve natural beauty and open space; to anticipate and respond to the impacts of development in shoreland areas; and to provide for adequate public services, as an integral part of a comprehensive plan for municipal development.