Atlanta's City Council voted to nix a 120-day infill moratorium in February, but the issue of so-called McMansions has become so controversial that the city council has appointed a task force to revisit the city's infill regulations.

At issue are complaints that, in some cases, three-story, 6,000-square-foot homes are going up next door to one-story, 1,600-square-foot homes built in the 1920s. Although many of the new, larger homes conform to the city's existing 50 percent lot coverage requirement, neighbors have complained because the homes are out of character with the neighborhood, block sunlight, and increase property taxes for longtime residents.

The task force will consist of members of the Greater Atlanta HBA, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and Atlanta's Board of Realtors; city planners; and representatives from neighborhood associations. The group will review issues such as height restrictions, infill development's impact on sunlight access, and how to account for the city's challenging topography, in which the backyards slope, so that builders tend to build up as opposed to out. The goal is to pass an ordinance later this year, but the group might be superseded by a separate task force that Mayor Shirley Franklin has named to totally rework the city's zoning regulations.

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