Construction Dive: Los Angeles City Council Restricts Size of Homes on Small Lots

Construction Dive: Los Angeles City Council Restricts Size of Homes on Small Lots
March 6, 2017 Peter

The vote follows a two-year ban put on residents and builders in March 2015 regarding replacing or adding onto existing homes to create larger properties. The Neighborhood Conservation Interim Control Ordinance applied to single-family homes in 15 neighborhoods and came in response to what advocates considered an uptick in residential projects that were out of scale with their surroundings. Los Angeles residents can take heart in the fact that single-family homes, nationwide, at least, are getting smaller. While much of that trend can be attributed to builders scaling down their offerings in the hopes of attracting younger, first-time buyers looking for affordable properties, even the upper end of the market is seeing footprints contract.

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