[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
There is hereby established a Zoning Law regulating and restricting the location, grouping, bulk, construction and use of buildings and structures and the development and use of land in the Town of Thompson, New York (hereinafter referred to as the "Town"), and providing fines and penalties for the violation thereof, which law is set forth in the following text, schedules and related maps forming the Zoning Law for the Town of Thompson. This Part 1 is adopted for the purposes set forth in the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York in the interest of protection of order and the health, safety and well-being of persons and property and the protection and enhancement of the physical and visual environment and shall be deemed to include the following purposes, among others:
To guide future growth and development of the Town of Thompson in relation to the orderly development of the region of which it is a part and in consideration of its existing development pattern and improvements, its resources and the quality of its environment.
To provide adequate light, air and privacy; to secure safety from fire, flood and other danger; to prevent overcrowding or the overly intensive or inappropriate use of land; and to protect the quality of the physical environment.
To promote a mutually supportive, logical and harmonious interrelation of land uses by bringing about the gradual conformity of the uses of land and buildings throughout the Town to the Zoning Law set forth in this Part 1 and minimizing conflicts between the uses of land and buildings.
To prevent and reduce traffic congestion so as to promote safe and efficient circulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
To protect the surface and ground water supplies from pollution by ensuring that, except in rural or undeveloped areas, homes, businesses and industries are served by adequate, central sewage treatment and water supply systems meeting or exceeding state and federal standards.
To encourage the use of land and the design of buildings so as to create a harmonious appearance in all parts of the Town and to prevent abuses that would offend the eye or cause unfavorable reaction.
To encourage flexibility in the design and development of land in such a way as to promote the most appropriate use of land; to facilitate the adequate and economical provisions of streets, utilities and parks; to preserve the natural and scenic qualities of open lands for public use and enjoyment; and to provide opportunity of choice of housing and environment suitable to the varied needs of the population.
To facilitate communication by requiring that signs be compatible with their surroundings and promote the distinctive identity of the Town, the occupant, services, or type of product provided thereon.
To preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the community and the economic value of the land by means of the wise use and management of natural resources throughout the Town, which shall require the preservation and protection of the natural and scenic resources, including the surface drainage system, topographic features and wildlife habitats, so as to prevent the pollution of air and water, to assure the adequacy of surface drainage, to safeguard water supplies and to provide for the adequate propagation and support of game and nongame animals.