Demand for upscale housing is driving a land rush in ritzy neighborhoods across the San Fernando Valley, but a push by developers to build several homes on large lots in high-end neighborhoods has the city of Los Angeles cracking down.

Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski is pushing for a zoning change that would prevent developers from squeezing what she sees as too many homes on large lots in Encino, a community that increasingly is seeing home sales in the $1 million-plus price range...

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