WEST COVINA — The City Council on Monday extended and liberalized a moratorium that limits the size of additions to single-family homes.
The council voted 4 to 1 to extend for another 10 1/2 months a 45-day moratorium that had limited the size of room additions to 50% of the total existing floor area. Councilman Steve Herfert voted no.
Planning Director Pat Haley said the original 45-day moratorium was too restrictive for property owners with small homes on large lots. The moratorium will allow additions on a sliding scale ranging from double to triple the original floor area, depending on lot size. The ordinance also calls for wider second-story front, side and rear setbacks.
Haley said that the ordinance was created to stop mansionization and to make homes compatible with other neighborhood homes. She described mansionization as the tearing down or remodeling of houses to replace them with larger ones.