Mayor Signs Krekorian Ordinance to Limit Mansionization in Studio City

New ordinance is a model for other parts of the city and country.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week signed into law an ordinance codifying the Residential Floor Area, known as the RFA. The ordinance was unanimously approved by the City Council Feb. 7 and follows more than two year’s worth of meetings with community groups across a divergent landscape of concerns as Councilmember Krekorian’s office worked to adopt a better way of addressing mansionization while preserving the character of neighborhoods.

The RFA will control mansionization for 3,945 Studio City homes and represents the widest ranging set of guidelines a community has ever enacted to maintain the integrity of their neighborhood.

"I am very happy to report that Studio City’s long journey toward greater community protection is complete as the Mayor has signed the Residential Floor Area (RFA) ordinance into law,” Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. “This action comes after a sustained effort by my office and so many in the community to limit the mansionization of Studio City. With this ordinance, nearly 4,000 Studio City homeowners will now enjoy a level of comfort knowing that the character of our neighborhoods will be protected against the impacts of mansionization without unduly imposing on property rights. I’m proud that we have been able to develop a community consensus around a pragmatic and effective solution.” 

Alan Dymond, president of the Studio City Residents Association who hammered out the agreement over a period of two years said, "I'm delighted that this has come to a conclusion and that all sides are satisfied with the outcome. It is a long time coming."

Ron Taylor, member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council board, said, "This was one of the issues that turned me into a neighborhood activist. I am glad that other neighborhood councils in other parts of the city, and other communities around the country are looking at what we've done here to resolve issues in their own communities."

The ordinance takes effect March 25, 2012. 

Scott Ouellette February 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The horse left the barn long ago when it comes to larger homes in Studio City. The baseline mansionization ordinance prevents a repeat of the worst building abuses. Larger homes are allowed in the flatlands of Studio City, however thanks to the RFA, anyone who desires to build to the upper size limit must incorporate design elements to soften building massing and/or incorporate green building standards. On a 6,800 SF lot (rough average for Studio City), you can build a 3,604 SF home with the RFA in place. The RFA will cause new, larger homes to have softened building massing, and/or improve energy efficiency. McMansions in the future, with softened building massing, will help to preserve the character and charm of Studio City flatland neighborhoods.
Michael Higby February 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
This will eventually reach the Federal courts and be overturned. Private property rights are sacrosanct. If one wants less backyard and more house, that's their right. How dare folks with not much to do go around telling others how to live their lives.
Sam Humeid February 18, 2012 at 01:03 AM
For the longest time I thought it was an apartment complex being built. The home is ostentatious and obscenely awkward, like an elephant in a tutu.
Leah June 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
OH NO. I've just been informed that the guy building these two big ugly houses on a single lot has just bought another house on Cantura. It is the second house east of Rhodes, on the north side of Cantura. Can't the Studio City Neighborhood Council or the Studio City Resident's Association do something to prevent these people from tearing down the charming homes? Why can't they just update and remodel inside? They will now have to build up the land 4 feet, which makes these houses higher and dwarfs the rest of our homes. These people were so hated on our street, knew how upset we got when he cut down our sycamour tree and yet they insist on doing it again. They should go into an underdeveloped or run-down neighborhood and change that, not ruin our established charming area. Is there anything, anyone, any ideas to stop this?? Who can we put pressure on? Building and Safety that approves these plans? Planning Department? City Council? Even though we won the overlay....it doesn't prevent these people from building homes that don't fit into the neighborhoods.
Skraeling June 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Zoning laws are Constitutional. The quality of a neighborhood is determined by the residents of that neighborhood. Until recently, most AMERICANS accepted and approved that and that is why we have had beautiful neighborhoods in every part of LA, while some are ugly because of citizen non interest. If you want a larger home, go to an area zoned for that...or simply return to your native country and build your dram house there.


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