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Land subdivision is the most important factor in establishing the physical character of a growing community. If improperly designed and executed, it wastes the intrinsic value of the land and can become a costly burden to the community.

It is hoped that these regulations and procedures will encourage well-planned subdivision of land while preventing land division with high future costs to those who will occupy the land, their neighbors and the County as a whole.

It is declared to be the policy of the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt County to consider land subdivision as a part of the planning for the orderly, efficient and economical development of the County. This means, among other things: that land to be subdivided for any purpose shall be of such a character that it can be used for that purpose without danger to the public health and safety; that proper provision shall be made for water supply, drainage and sewage disposal; that, in areas subject to flooding, proper flood control measures shall be provided; that proposed streets and other improvements shall be in harmony with existing or proposed principal thoroughfares and shall provide an adequate and convenient system for present and prospective traffic needs; and that, when requested by the Advisory Agency, open spaces shall be shown on the subdivision plan. (Ord. 1146, 7/19/1977)