COMMUNITIES LIMITING HOUSE SIZE
Below is a non-comprehensive list of communities that have limited house size in their own particular ways. Know of any others? Please contact us with details and we can add them to our list.
Chilmark’s large-house bylaw was prepared by the Chilmark Planning Board, which held dozens of public meetings over a year and a half. It was approved by a vote of 162-51 at the April 22, 2013, annual town meeting.
June 19, 2015: East Hampton Village, New York set a limit on house size. Their rules set a "maximum coverage" using a sliding scale based on lot size. They have a maximum limit of 20,000 square feet for residences regardless of lot size.
East Hampton, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Mercer Island, WA
2006: Pitkin County, Colorado set a maximum size limit of 5,750 square feet. However they have a "maximum absolute cap" of 15,000 square feet of floor space that can be attained by using transferable development rights (TDR). TDR's are designed to leave certain land undeveloped but compensates owners by transferring development rights to land designated for development. In other words, urban areas pay surrounding rural areas to remain undeveloped, in order to grow within their urban boundaries. Within Pitkin County, cities and incorporated areas have their own zoning rules so for example Aspen's house size limit is different. They further explain the logic behind TDR's on their website.
Pitkin County, CO
In October 2018 Prairie Village City Council voted 11 to 2 to pass neighborhood design standards. The guidelines regulate impervious surface coverage, green space, foundation heights and garage size.
Prairie Village, KS
On November 5th, 2018 the province of British Columbia proposed new legislation that limits new homes built on farmland to 5,400 square feet. The law was adopted on December 18th, 2018.
Richmond, British Columbia
April 13, 2017: The Village of Southampton passed regulations that limit house size using a sliding scale based on lot size with a maximum total gross floor area of 18,000 square feet.