Amid concerns new homes in Santa Monica are too big, the City Council this week passed a temporary bill that limits the size of new single-family homes in the city. The rule will restrict the height of new homes in single-family neighborhoods to 28 feet. Additionally, new homes can only occupy half the size of their lots.
The bill was passed following a marathon City Council meeting that lasted until the early hours of the morning. Mayor Ted Winterer said the new parameters were “in direct response to resident concerns,” according to Curbed LA. Curbed noted newly-built homes in Santa Monica average about 5,000 square-feet. That’s about three times the size of a typical existing home in Santa Monica. Winterer added the size limit would stave off mansionization and help preserve “the diversity and unique of our residential neighborhoods.”
The temporary bill takes effect in February and lasts until at least May. However, Curbed LA reports the rules could be extended for up to five years.
There were a few additional restrictions on mansionization as part of the bill. These include a limit on the square-footage of second floors in new homes, and the size of balconies and upper level decks.
The new rules were passed following a lengthy debate from both supporters and opponents. Those for the mandates noted new, larger homes are threatening the character of Santa Monica’s low-slung residential neighborhoods. Others, however, complained the new rules torpedoes plans already in the pipeline for developing properties.