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The purpose of this chapter is to safeguard life, property, public health, and general welfare; minimize water quality degradation; prevent excessive sedimentation of or erosion by surface waters; and prevent the creation of public nuisances such as fouling of surface or groundwater. Further, this chapter is intended to reduce impacts from land development; minimize erosion; preserve trees; and preserve natural topographic features. These regulations focus on prevention of adverse impacts associated with grading activities rather than remediation of adverse impacts after they have occurred. (Ord. 2269 § 1, 2018).