The City Council has slapped a temporary ban on the construction of McMansions in 20 upscale neighborhoods while it considers a broader response to the problem.
In five of those neighborhoods, the city also temporarily banned the issuance of demolition and building permits. They are Carthay Circle, Holmby-Westwood, Oxford Square, Sunset Square and El Sereno’s Craftsman District.
City planners are drafting new rules on McMansions that are expected to be released in about 18 months, before the current ordinance expires.
Proponents of the ban call the big houses civic eyesores that destroy the look and feel of their neighborhoods. They’ve been pushing for years to get the city to act. But not everyone is in favor of the new law. Builders and others say the rules are confusing, punish owners of smaller houses and will push down property values.