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sp
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Joined: Jun 26 2003

Yes, as in scrape the lot and put up something else. There's a move afoot to change the CC&Rs to allow 2-story additions and to allow 2-story new housing. I'm not in favor of changing the character of the neighborhood. How do we address this?

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

You don't say where you are located. Obviously some place that still adheres to CCR's--would that be Lucas Valley?

And are you able to be more specific about "a move afoot" to change the CCRs? I have to assume since CCRs are run by owners (as opposed to outside interests) that there are Eichler owners who are backing this change--is it space driven or (as in scrape and build) money driven?

I'd be interested in hearing more, as I'm sure others would. Maybe we'll be able to suggest some strategy to deal with it.

Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

where at?

this isn't just an issue for Eichler owners, rather an issue for anyone living in a single story only neighborhood. This especially threatens older neighborhoods where sqft sizes are under 1800 sqft.

Don't make it an Eichler issue. Make it an issue of privacy and character!

It's not one to take lightly either! Just look at the Cliff May neighborhood in Cupertino, next the the Eichler subdivison. Once a nice community of 1950s modern ranch homes of 900-1300 sqft. is now being overrun by giant two story stucco McMansions! It's horrific! Of course, much of this distruction of caused by tight UGB regulations and an out-of-control housing market.

sp
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Joined: Jun 26 2003

I agree - it's not only an Eichler issue. In such a tight housing market, anyone who can afford an older, smaller house would be tempted to make the most of their investment - perhaps without realizing they may destroy the qualities that brought them to a neighborhood in the first place. With CC&Rs is does take a certain number of property owners to make changes. Once that number has been met it appears there's little others can do to prevent their changes. What experiences or resources have others had with this?

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