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Concerns expressed by several Neighborhood Councils about the latest revised BMO proposal

Concerns expressed by several Neighborhood Councils about the latest revised BMO proposal

Concerns expressed by several Neighborhood Councils about the latest revised BMO proposal:

  • The city’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and Baseline Hillside Ordinance (BMO/BHO) failed because they contained too many bonus and exemption loopholes.       Despite the adoption of these ordinances, mansionization has relentlessly continued to ruin neighborhoods over the entire city. In this legislative round City Planning therefore needs to draft the new amendments correctly. This means removing all old and new loopholes that promote the construction of McMansions. If the proposed ordinance fails to do this, it will be the sixth bogus attempt to stop mansionization by green lighting over-sized houses through a host of loopholes that undermine the City Council’s intention. 
  • Mansionization eliminates affordable housing in LA’s single-family neighborhoods. As a result, it contributes to the housing crisis that most Angelenos, including elected officials, are painfully aware of. The mansionizers target smaller, affordable houses for demolition.       They then quickly and cheaply replace them with McMansions that are, on average, three times the size and price of these smaller, energy-efficient demolished homes.       These investors and contractors are now eliminating about 2000 such affordable houses per year, and this loss of affordable homes will continue until it is finally stopped through an effective mansionization ordinance, not another phony one. 

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The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

The Baseline Mansionization Ordinance was originally enacted to help curb development in some neighborhoods but also restrict the ways that some homeowners can remodel or expand their homes.  A few months ago the City’s Planning and Land Use Management department (PLUM) released a new draft of the BMO, changing the way building size and floor area are calculated, and eliminating certain kinds of floor area bonuses that were included in the original ordinance.

Latest proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) being considered by the Los Angeles City Council: bmo_bho_revised