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Mansionization ordinance: 

Covers 20 Areas

   April 2015

 
 
 

Concerned that new “McMansion” homes are changing the character of Los Angeles neighborhoods, the Los Angeles City Council moved Wednesday, February 11, to temporarily restrict development in 20 areas.


The City Council unanimously passed the Neighborhood Conservation Interim Control Ordinance, which put a two-year ban on the size of new, single-family dwellings in some neighborhoods.

The ordinance temporarily limits the size of single-family dwellings in 15 neighborhoods: 
  1. Valley Village 
  2. South Hollywood 
  3. La Brea Hancock Neighborhood
  4. The Oaks of Los Feliz
  5. Miracle Mile
  6. Larchmont Heights
  7. Lower Council District Five
  8. Beverlywood 
  9. Inner Council District Five
10. Fairfax Area
11. Bel Air
12. Faircrest Heights Neighborhood
13. Kentwood
14. Mar Vista/East Venice
15. Old Granada Hills.

The law also puts a temporary moratorium on the issuance of building and demolition permits in five proposed Historic Preservation Overlay Zones: 
1. Sunset Square
2. Carthay Square
3. Holmby-Westwood
4. Oxford Square
5. El Sereno-Berkshire Craftsman District.

The new rules came amid a “proliferation of out-of-scale developments that threaten the cohesion and character” of neighborhoods, a city report states.

INSTRUCTIONS:
A. Valley Village. Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in Valley Village unless the proposed structure complies with the regulations set forth in the adjacent Studio City Residential Floor Area District (Ordinance No. 182048).

B. South Hollywood, Larchmont Heights, and Old Granada Hills. Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in South Hollywood, Larchmont Heights, or Old Granada Hills unless the proposed structure’s Residential Floor Area does not exceed 120% of the prior or existing structure’s Residential Floor Area. The prohibition specified in this paragraph shall not apply where there has been no single-family dwelling on a lot in the five years before the effective date of this ordinance.

C. The Oaks of Los Feliz. Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be
issued for a Project in the Oaks of Los Feliz on a Hillside Area lot unless the proposed structure’s Residential Floor Area, which shall include the floor area of any new basement, does
not exceed the base Residential Floor Area set forth in the Zoning Code.

D. Lower Council District 5, Kentwood, and Mar Vista/East Venice.  Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in Lower Council District 5,
Kentwood, or Mar Vista/East Venice unless the proposed structure’s Residential Floor Area— without exceptions for detached accessory buildings; porches, patios and breezeways; and over-in-height ceilings—does not exceed the base Residential Floor Area set forth in the Zoning Code. No Residential Floor Area bonus shall be allowed for green building, proportional stories, or front façade articulation.

E. Beverlywood, Inner Council District 5, and Fairfax Area. Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in Beverlywood, Inner Council District 5, or Fairfax Area unless the proposed structure’s Residential Floor Area—without exceptions for detached accessory buildings and over-in-height ceilings—does not exceed the base Residential Floor Area set forth in the Zoning Code. Residential Floor Area bonuses permitted by the Zoning Code shall be limited to 15% of the maximum Residential Floor Area.

F. Bel Air. Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in Bel Air on a Hillside Area lot where the import and export of exempted graded earth exceeds 6,000 cubic yards.

G. La Brea Hancock Neighborhood, Miracle Mile, and Faircrest Heights Neighborhood.
Notwithstanding any section of the LAMC, no building permit shall be issued for a Project in the La Brea Hancock Neighborhood, Miracle Mile, or Faircrest Heights Neighborhood unless the proposed structure complies with the regulations set forth in the Beverly Grove Residential Floor Area District (Ordinance No. 182754).

Please call or email me if you have any questions about this ordinance.  It does affect many  areas that we live in.  I have maps of affected areas that may be useful to you.  

Thank you,

Barbara
 (323) 610-1710
Barbara@barbaraallenla.com

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