Monday, December 6, 2004

Fighting the monster mansion

We've been opposing a "monster mansion" on the outskirts of San Jose. It was first described as a 17,000 square-foot residence on a hilltop. It turns out to be actually 25,000 square feet. The environmental documentation needs to be redone, and Santa Clara County needs to put an upper limit on resource-consuming, speculation-inducing monster mansions.

The property is located above the white rectangle in the aerial photo above (thanks, Keyhole!). Most of the homes directly below and to the right of the white rectangle were not considered in the visibility analysis of the project, and we suspect that they will find the monster mansion dominating their views of the hills.

Here are our two letters about the project, beginning with the most current, December 3, 2004.

For more details, see our September 7th letter.

We'll keep working to fix these problems!



  1. Damn! Keep fighting that, please. It is absolutely insane!

  2. I'm not sure why this is such a big deal. They were only off by 8,000 sq. ft! It could happen to anyone.

    In all seriousness, the County needs to develop some policies on home size or we will see more and more (quite literally!) of these mucho macho monstrosities.