Seattle Seeks Crackdown on 'Megahomes'

<p>Amid complaints of over-sized houses, officials in Seattle are considering enacting tighter regulations on the size of single-family homes.</p>
July 2, 2008, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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"After years of complaints about suburban-sized homes that devour lawns and encroach on neighbors, the Seattle City Council plans next month to consider limiting the size of some larger homes in single-family neighborhoods."

"But changes that politically are palatable enough to pass may not quiet neighbors' objections entirely."

"Some homeowners have moved rather than live next to a new, sun-blocking behemoth that invades their sense of privacy. Frustrated by a lack of control over city codes, others have bought adjacent property to keep it out of builders' hands."

"But for everyone who mourns the affordable bungalow lost to a bulldozer, there are others who object to limiting what they can do with expensive single-family real estate."

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Published on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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