The City Council hereby declares that this article is adopted to achieve the following, among other, purposes, and directs that the provisions hereof be interpreted in order to accomplish those purposes:
a. The State of California, through the enactment of Government Code Section 66000 et seq. has conferred upon local government units the authority to adopt fees imposed on a specific project in connection with approval of a development project for the purpose of defraying all or a portion of the cost of public facilities related to the development project.
b. The imposition of development impact fees is one of the preferred methods of ensuring that development bears a proportionate share of the cost of public facilities and service improvements necessary to accommodate such development. This must be done in order to promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare.
c. This article recognizes that all new development within the City will result in additional growth and that such growth will place additional burdens on various City facilities, infrastructure, and services. This article further recognizes the types of land development that will generate impacts necessitating the acquisition of land and construction of public facilities and expansion of services and infrastructure in order to meet and accommodate them.
d. All land uses within the City should bear a proportionate financial burden in the construction and improvement of public facilities and services necessary to serve them.
e. The development impact fees established by this article are based upon the costs which are generated through the need for new facilities and other capital acquisition costs required, incrementally, by new development within the City of Clearlake.
f. The fees established by this article do not exceed the reasonable cost of providing public facilities occasioned by development projects within the City of Clearlake.
g. The fees established by this article relate rationally to the reasonable cost of providing public facilities occasioned by development projects within the City of Clearlake.