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City Council Approves 'Mansionization' Limits—The Plan Began in Studio City

After two years of working out the plan, the Studio City proposal will become a model for the rest of the city.

Studio City activists were at the forefront of a plan approved unanimously Tuesday afternoon by the Los Angeles City Council that will prevent "mansionizations" on small lots that change the character of certain neighborhoods.

Studio City Neighborhood Council vice president Lisa Sarkin and Studio City Residents Association president Alan Dymond were among the speakers urging passage of the ordinance.

The ordinance was drafted after dozens of meetings and getting input from hundreds of citizens over a two-year period. In 2008 communities were allowed to write their own ordinances and create their own  (RFA) Districts. This applies to 300,000 properties in single-family residential zones throughout Los Angeles.

District 2 Council Member Paul Krekorian recused himself from the final vote because he owns property in the RFA zone.

He said:

"I am very happy to report that my colleagues on the City Council unanimously approved the Studio City Residential Floor Area (RFA) ordinance. After many months of work and extensive outreach, I was very proud to assist the community in reaching a consensus for a real solution to the long, contentious, divisive debate on how to limit mansionization in Studio City and protect property rights."

Councilmember Krekorian added, "Working closely with a divergent group of committed and thoughtful neighbors on each side of the debate, we developed an ordinance that will lead to the widest ranging set of guidelines a community has ever enacted to maintain the integrity of their neighborhood. I know that once it becomes law, the RFA will squarely address the problems of mansionization by limiting size and encouraging better design elements."

The ordinance would control mansionization for nearly 4,000 Studio City homes - limiting lots of 6,750 square feet (the typical lot size in Studio City) to 3,578 square feet.

It now heads to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his signature. 

Alex Daniels February 12, 2012 at 05:11 PM
When will people realize that Its not the flashy cars, homes, restaurants or the stores that make a city great, its the people that make a city, and when the people turn to selfish pieces of sh*t, like in the case of Studio City, well, you get the point....enjoy your "new" city....West Sherman Oaks, Encino and Tarzana is proud to lead us to the sewer.......lol
Seana Yates February 13, 2012 at 09:34 PM
To Dale: The Iranians driving mercedes aren't the ones using food cards. Those are two different people. Keep your racism to yourself.
Seana Yates February 13, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Alex, I'm not quite sure what you're saying. How is it that you find everyone in Studio City to be selfish? What is this "new" city that you speak of? Do you disagree with the regulations the city council has approved? And I beg to differ on what makes a city great. Yes, people are the important foundation, but if homes and businesses aren't taken good care of and become dilapidated or closed down, that reflects badly on the entire community. Therefore, it's in the community's best interest to have homes and businesses that work together, not against one another.
Julie Walmsley March 30, 2012 at 03:10 AM
How is this different from the BHO?
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