In an effort to halt the trend toward huge houses throughout Pacific Palisades, the board that sets building design guidelines in the area is considering new height and space limitations for single-family homes.
After months of study, the Pacific Palisades Civic League presented a plan to restrict the height of new and remodeled homes to 28 feet and set a maximum house size of 2,000 square feet plus 28% of the lot area, meaning a homeowner with a 5,000-square-foot lot would be limited to a 3,400-square-foot house.
“What we are trying to do is to prevent somebody from building the Taj Mahal next door to your house,” said Lila Gordon, president of the 19-member board. “People no longer want an 1,100-square-foot house. That’s a fact of life today.”
The board plans to vote on the restrictions--which are similar to ones under consideration by the city of Beverly Hills--after a final community forum on the issue in January.