As I’ve reported during the past two months, my colleagues and I have continued to receive complaints about growing numbers of large-scale homes built in older, single- and two-family home residential neighborhoods.
The City Council adopted Councilmember Ozawa’s Resolution 17-276, CD1, which calls for more stringent controls over the number of bedrooms and wet bars that are allowed in such ‘monster home’ structures at its December 2017 meeting.
Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is now undertaking a more comprehensive review of the scope of the ‘monster home’ phenomenon, and identifying potential loopholes that should be removed in current zoning laws.
To address a last-minute rush on applications for building permits that are filed with DPP before corrections to the existing zoning law can be made, a new temporary moratorium bill was introduced at the City Council last month. This is Bill 110, A Bill for an Ordinance Regulating for an Interim Period the Issuance of Building Permits for the Planning and Development of Large Residential Structures in order to provide time for the City to establish Appropriate Policies in its Long-range Plans and Zoning Ordinances to address the impacts of such Structures, which has been referred to the Council’s Planning Committee.
It is likely to be scheduled for a hearing before the Planning Committee at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.