When homeowners build to the very maximum allowed on a lot
Los Angeles certainly has its fair share of housing woes, with rampant homelessness problem and rents rising at an alarming rate. But it’s not all section 8s and vacancy rates. There’s also the too-big mansions—the problem of “mansionization.”
That’s a term that describes the tear-down of smaller houses to build ones several times larger and expansion of a house’s size to the very maximum allowed on a lot. It’s a heated topic. Packs of anti-mansion vigilantes have posted signs, sent hate mail, and littered new homes with dog poop in protest of supersized homes.
Now, it looks like the anti-mansionization fight is headed, once again, to City Hall. According to the Los Angeles Times, the city’s planning commission voted Thursday in favor of amending the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, a 2008 rule that caps the size of a home at a set square footage based on the size of the lot.
Mansionization opponents say the amendments are needed because homeowners have found loopholes in the ordinance.
“It gets so you just want to crawl in a hole and die rather than take a walk in your own neighborhood,” Studio City resident Barry Johnson told the commissioners, according to the Times.
The City Council will now take up the issue, and vote whether to make the changes law.