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Wyckoff Looks to Curb Building of 'McMansions'

Proposed ordinance limits the amount of space allowed between a home and its neighbor's property line, report says.

A proposed law in Wyckoff will likely limit the construction of oversized houses on undersized lots, commonly known as “McMansions,” according to a NorthJersey.com report.

The township council introduced an ordinance earlier this month that regulates the distance from residential buildings to neighbors' property lines, the report said. The ordinance is the result of an increase in requests to build additions onto currently existing homes, which has resulted in million dollar homes on lots that were deemed too small to accommodate them, it said.

According to the report, Mayor Douglas Christie has also expressed concern that more affordable homes are disappearing because they are being turned into McMansions.

"We were looking at a situation where we were locking out young families and we don’t want to lock those people out,” Christie told NorthJersey.com of the lack of less-expensive homes.

The ordinance is expected to go into effect next month, the report said.

Antonio February 25, 2014 at 03:13 PM
What are you kidding me, if the variances were done intellegently in the past this would not be an issue, money and connections talk, higher assessments mean more cash for the brash..they don't care if you have a 4 story dwelling on 10,000 sq' or 1/4 acre.
Leaving February 25, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Little late don't you think?
wyguy February 27, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Something like this deserves a full vote...why are elected officials abscent ????
Mari Keating Schofield March 02, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Please please please vote and stop this insanity!! They look so stupid. Beautiful neighbors, ruined. Looks so trashy. Cape Cod, Cape Cod, Cape Cod, STUPID UGLY. McMANSION! This has got to stop! Wyckoff is NOT QUAINT anymore!

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