(CNS) Posted Wednesday April 6, 2011 – 9:05amNew housing height and footprint restrictions signed into law today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will prevent "mansions" from being built on hillsides around the city, proponents said.
The mayor signed into law the third and final stage of the so-called Baseline Hillside Ordinance, first introduced in 2006 by Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes the Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and parts of Silver Lake.
"This is a long-overdue step in halting the `mansionization' of our hillside and canyon neighborhoods,' LaBonge said. "These new limits and regulations make sure architects design to the contour of the land, and don't overpower the landscape with a home that's too big for its lot.'
The new regulations take into account a proposed structure's height, floor area ratio or the proportion of the building size to the size of its lot, and the steepness of the lot's slope.
The ordinance also changes the way height is calculated by accounting for the slope.
Officials said the rules will prevent tall box-like structures.
Villaraigosa said it can be upsetting to see "this beautiful landscape completely destroyed by a big box, a box that doesn't reflect the character of the neighborhood.'
Carol Sidlow with the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council called the five-year process of crafting the regulations "an example of a city agency and public partnership that has produced one of the most vetted and one of the most clearly defined ordinances in this city's history.'
The city's planning department conducted 13 public meetings since 2009
on the issue, involving nearly 1,000 interested people.
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LA Mayor Signs Law Banning Mansions on Hillsides
This will mean that any existing large mansions or homes will continue to increase in value as there will no longer be future mega mansions as in the past.