- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A disabled Iowa veteran says he’s considering options after his zoning request to build a new home was denied recently.

Taylor Morris says he’s not sure what he will do after the Cedar Falls Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday against the veteran’s plans to build a house on undeveloped land that is not served by city sewers or streets.

Morris and his wife want to build on about 1.5 acres near land that is considered agricultural and requires special zoning permission, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1YD2tkC ).

The couple could appeal to the City Council or the city’s Board of Adjustment.

Because of the zoning commission’s vote, the council would need a 6-1 supermajority to approve the couple’s plan.

Morris is a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who survived a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2012. He lost portions of all four limbs.

The home would have specially designed with features controlled with an iPad, enabling Taylor to be more independent. Veterans organizations and community groups raised more than $500,000 to build the home, with some of the money coming from a 2013 concert by “Forrest Gump” star Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band.

Since being injured, the community has rallied around Morris and his wife, with people lining the streets for miles to mark their return.

City planning officials said an appeal to the Board of Adjustment could be successful.

“Given the unique lot configuration … staff feels that the approval of a variance may be possible,” a staff report to the commission said.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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