Cedar Falls May Ban Converting Homes To Apartments

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By Richard Pratt

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Falls officials are considering banning property owners from converting single-family houses into multi-unit apartment buildings.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the city's Planning and Zoning Commission may draft an ordinance to stop such conversions in an effort to beautify neighborhoods and meet residents' concerns.

City Planner Marty Ryan says when large homes are converted into apartments, neighbors aren't happy about it. They complain about conversions hurting their neighborhood's appearance and problems with parking.

Some landlords are objecting to the proposal. They say that some houses up for sale are too big for most families and that if splitting them into apartments isn't allowed, the houses will be allowed to deteriorate.

Ryan said planners will begin working on an ordinance that would need City Council approval before becoming law.

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