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Mansionization ordinance approved

May 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The proliferation of oversized homes on small lots would come to an end in some parts of Los Angeles if an ordinance unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council is signed by the mayor. "That is my little 2,000 square foot house. This is my neighbor who has a 2,000 square foot house. This is what he has built a 6,500 square foot house on top of garages with a roof deck and an elevator," explains Mark Lippis, who is an ordinance supporter.

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After the public had its say and the city council discussed it, the anti-mansionization ordinance of Los Angeles was approved.

It restricts the building of super-sized homes that do not fit into the neighborhoods makeup.

"These are now being built in Miracle Mile. It lowers property value and it destroys the character of the neighborhood," said David Mann, an ordinance supporter.

The ordinance spells out what can be done in lots between 5,000 to 7,000 square feet. It prevents big box type homes to be built.

Opponents of the ordinance say that one type of house doesn't fit all of the needs of a property owner.

"I believe the city council has thrown the baby out with the bath water. They have focused on some narrow and specific issues, specifically square footage, where if they defined an aesthetic quality of life, set backs on a second floor, lot coverage on the lot itself and allowed home owners and builders to build within that envelope I think you would have much nice neighborhoods," said Mark Handel.

The ordinance was opposed by the Building Industry Association.

The city's first anti-mansionization ordinance was introduced by City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel in 2004 and applied to the Sunland-Tujunga area.

 

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