The McMansion Ordinance Doesn't Hurt 9300 Square Foot Lots, You Idiots
Today's article in the Statesman is making me breathe fire. Of course this couple can build a big house - they have a 9300 square foot lot! That's a very large lot for Central Austin. And, of course, they're a family of 3.
Try running the same calculation on a more-typical lot of 7000 square feet, or on my lot of 6000 square feet. The impact of this ordinance is that families like mine (4) and my next-door neighbor (5) must choose between a normal second-story on the same footprint as the existing small house, and a garage apartment (which they already have; and I'd someday like to have). It's going to drive families out of the urban core neighborhoods; exactly the opposite of what we should be encouraging.