(from Nextdoor Faircrest Heights) As discussed at the last Neighbors United meeting, many of our residents are greatly concerned that our neighborhood is at risk of being irrevocably changed as a result of the trend known as mansionization (demolishing smaller, more historic single family homes and replacing them with new out-of-scale ‘big-box’ homes that dwarf surrounding dwellings and change the character and scale of established neighborhoods).
We wish to preserve the unique character of our area and to protect our quality of life by engaging residents and city leadership around these issues. While we have no objections to construction, expansion, or remodeling, we believe new and remodeled homes should have reasonable size limits proportionate to existing houses and lot sizes in our area.
Last month, a small group of Faircrest Heights residents gathered approximately 235 signatures on a hard copy petition, which was sent to Council President Wesson along with a letter asking him to help us address mansionization on two fronts:
1. Mobilizing City Council to amend the city-wide Baseline Mansionization Ordinance to eliminate the self-defeating (and often-abused) bonuses and exemptions
2. Sponsoring a motion for a Residential Floor Area (RFA) overlay district in our R1 areas, reasonably tailoring size and height regulations (for single-family homes) to the particular needs of our community
We have a preliminary meeting with four of Councilmember Wesson’s deputies on Monday afternoon April 14, and hope to be able to provide a positive status report at the Neighbors United meeting that evening (7:00pm at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 1762 S La Cienega Blvd). We hope to see you there!