L.A. bans oversized additions and teardowns for McMansions

City officials say the ban comes from a report that says oversized homes are threatening the character of neighborhoods.

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | April 7, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council recently banned residents and builders in 20 communities from expanding their homes with oversized additions or tearing them down to replace them with so-called “McMansions.”

The action came after a city report said oversized homes are threatening the “cohesion and character” of neighborhoods and historic districts. The ban is in place for two years, and restricts the size of single-family homes by neighborhood.

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