Zoning Laws and the Nuclear Family

It looks like zoning laws are deciding the meaning of ‘family’.

Formal family zoning affects the millions of Americans who exist outside of the ‘nuclear family’ model.

Laura Rozza and Simon DeSantis found a house on Scarborough Street within their price range. 

They purchased the home in July, 2012. However, within a few weeks of moving in, they received a cease-and-desist letter from Hartford city asking them to leave, according to the Hartford Courant.

The couple’s family, consisting of eight adults and three children, violated the Hartford zoning code’s definition of ‘family’. According to the city’s zoning rules, only two unrelated people could legally live together under the same roof of a house that has been designated for a single family.

Zoning can affect the ability of functional families to access family law obligations and protections.

Source: https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/06/zoning-ordiances-formal-family-code-housing-discrimination/591427/

What is the purpose of ‘zoning’?

The purpose of zoning is “to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the community, to protect and conserve the value of buildings, and encourage the most appropriate use of the land.” 

City of Richmond v. Board of Supervisors of Henrico County, 199 Va. 679, 686, 101 S.E.2d 641, 646 (1958)

Source: https://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/County_Attorney/Forms/LUchapter03-purposesandnatureofzoning.pdf

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