Time to Downsize That McMansion

Sustainability and issues of growth in urbanand suburbanareas have focused regulators' attention on house size

In a ruling that could help bolster the enforcement of zoning ordinances that cap house size, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently upheld the authority of local communities to restrict overbuilding. Although the case is one of a handful around the nation to take up the issue so far, interest in smart growth and sustainability is increasingly focusing regulators' attention on house size—and this could ultimately accrue to the benefit of architects.

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