This chapter shall be known as the "Zoning and Land Use Ordinance of the Town of Boonton."
The purpose of this chapter shall, in general, and where applicable to local conditions in the Town of Boonton, be to conform to the Municipal Land Use Law, Chapter 291, of the Laws of 1975. The intent of this chapter is:
To encourage municipal action to guide the appropriate use or development of all lands in the Town in a manner which will promote the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare.
To secure safety from fire, flood, panic and other natural and manmade disasters.
To provide adequate light, air and open space.
To ensure that the development of the Town does not conflict with the development and general welfare of neighboring municipalities, the county and the state as a whole.
To promote the establishment of appropriate population densities and concentrations that will contribute to the well-being of persons, neighborhoods, the Town and preservation of the environment.
To encourage the appropriate and efficient expenditure of public funds by the coordination of public development with land use policies.
To provide sufficient space in appropriate locations and regulate the use thereof, for a variety of residential, recreational, commercial and industrial uses and open space, both public and private, according to their respective environmental requirements in order to meet the needs of all Town citizens.
To encourage the location and design of transportation routes which will promote the free flow of traffic while discouraging location of such facilities and routes which result in congestion or blight.
To promote a desirable visual environment through creative development techniques and good civic design and arrangements.
To promote the conservation of open space and valuable natural resources and to prevent urban sprawl and degradation of the environment through improper use of land.
To encourage coordination of the various public and private procedures and activities shaping land development with a view of lessening the cost of such development and to the more efficient use of land.
It is not intended by this chapter to repeal, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with existing provisions of other laws or ordinances, except those specifically or impliedly repealed by this chapter, or any private restrictions placed upon property by covenant, deed or other private agreement unless repugnant hereto.
Where this chapter imposes a greater restriction upon the use of buildings or premises or upon the height of buildings or lot coverage or requires greater lot area, or longer yards, or other open spaces than are imposed or required by such rules, regulations, or permits or by such private restrictions, the provisions of this chapter shall control.