L.A. Closer to Tightening Rules Against ‘Mansionization’

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Traci Considine shows a “before” photo of a home under construction in her Faircrest Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles on March 14, 2014. (Al Seib / The Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles moved one crucial step closer Thursday to tightening city rules meant to stop “mansionization” – the phenomenon of big, boxy homes popping up on not-so-big lots.

Local politicians first sought to tackle “mansionization” years ago, passing city rules to curb the size of new and renovated homes based on the size of the lots they were built on.

Neighborhood activists soon complained the rules were riddled with “loopholes” that afforded builders additional square footage and allowed them to continue erecting hefty homes on modest lots. Critics also lamented that some parts of homes – such as attached garages and covered porches — did not count toward the size limit.

After an impassioned hearing Thursday at City Hall, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to support proposed changes that would eliminate some of those “loopholes.” The planned alterations still must be reviewed by a City Council committee and approved by the council before they can become law.

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