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City of LA floats proposal to tackle mansionization epidemic




A large hillside home is seen next to a more traditionally-sized home in the Castellamare area of Los Angeles, one of the areas that could come under the jurisdiction of a new mansionization ordinance for hillside areas in the city, seen Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A large hillside home is seen next to a more traditionally-sized home in the Castellamare area of Los Angeles, one of the areas that could come under the jurisdiction of a new mansionization ordinance for hillside areas in the city, seen Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Across Los Angeles, homes are being torn down and replaced with bigger houses, called "McMansions" by some. Now the city is considering a plan designed to keep the number of supersized homes in certain areas in check.

To prevent some new homes from blocking views and changing the look of neighborhoods too dramatically, the L.A. Department of City Planning has proposed changes to a 2008 citywide "mansionization" law.

The amended law would scale back or eliminate certain building bonuses and exemptions that could lead to overly large homes. For example,  homeowners could no longer get a bigger space allowance for including energy-efficient features. And certain patios and porches larger than 150 square feet would count toward the size of the house, the current limit is 250 square feet.

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Guests:

Tom Rothmann, principal city planner for the City of Los Angeles

Tony Braswell, president of Valley Village Neighborhood Council

Shelley Wagers, board member of the Beverly Wilshire Home Association and a longtime anti-mansionization advocate