In an effort to slow the city's growth, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance Monday limiting home size and regulating parking in residential areas.
With 82,000 people, Alhambra has reached a population projected for about 15 years from now, Mayor Boyd G. Condie said.
Under the new rules, builders may only build homes with a floor area of 30% to 35% of the lot area, depending on lot size, compared to previous limits of 35% to 40%. The rule applies to single-family and two-house lots. On lots permitting two houses, back houses are limited to 800 square feet; previously, they could have up to 1,250 square feet.
The new rules also require more off-street parking for houses of 2,500 square feet and up and prohibit parking of large commercial vehicles in residential areas.