Cedar Falls Council Fails to Get Super Majority; Votes Down College Hill Parking Lot Request

Cedar Valley developer Brent Dahlstrom is not a happy man today(Tues) – the Cedar Falls City Council last(Mon) night failed to approve the rezoning of 1015 and 1021 West 22nd Street, properties on which he had plans to tear down the present buildings and replace them with nearly 30 new parking spaces.

The council voted in favor of the rezoning, which would allow Dahlstrom to create more parking near his proposed 5-story, College Hill apartments and retail development…but because a petition had been submitted in opposition to the parking portion of the project, the rezoning request needed a so-called “super” majority; six votes out of seven, and it only got five.   (Susan DeBuhr and Daryl Kruse cast “no” votes.)

Dahlstrom is still awaiting council approval for the mixed-use building as well, but those with concerns feel there needs to be more parking.

In other business, the Cedar Falls council will apparently re-visit the question of whether city residents should be allowed to keep female chickens as pets.  The practice was banned in 2016, but the council, led by Ward-One member Mark Miller, voted 4 to 3 to bring it back.