By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - All new homes built in Waterloo must include garages under a plan approved by the City Council.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( ) the council voted 5 to 1 Monday to change a zoning ordinance and require all new single or two-family homes built after July 1 to have a garage.

Councilman Steve Schmitt cast the only vote in opposition, saying a committee should have been formed with contractors and others who could have discussed the proposal before a council vote.

Habitat for Humanity has built many homes without garages, but officials say the group was consulted and supported the requirement.

City Planner Aric Schroeder says most new homes already are being built with garages.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

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