The purpose of this Bylaw is to achieve greater implementation of the powers granted to the municipalities under Article 89 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth in the general interests of public health, safety and welfare, including, but not limited to the following objectives:
a. To prevent overcrowding of land, to secure safety from fire, flood, panic and other dangers, to conserve health, and to lessen congestion in the streets;
b. To facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water supply, drainage, sewerage, schools, parks, open space and other public requirements;
c. To conserve the value of land and buildings including the conservation of natural resources and the prevention of blight and pollution of the environment;
d. To preserve and increase amenities by the promulgation of regulations designed to:
– Protect the town’s significant environmental features such as: flood plains and flood prone areas, wetlands, the Housatonic River, brooks, ponds, water resources, woodlands, areas of scenic beauty, and sites and structures of historic importance.
– Preserve the natural, scenic and aesthetic qualities of the community.
– Minimize the adverse effects of development on the town’s unique environmental and historic features.
– Further the objectives of the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
– Employ cooperatively the various measures taken by the town’s agencies, under diverse legislative authority, including the State Sanitary Code, Earth Removal Bylaw, Wetlands Protection Act, Subdivision Control Legislation, and the State Building Code, for the protection and enhancement of the town’s existing small-town character, open spaces, low density of population, and in the interests of the town’s orderly growth at deliberate pace