Defining 'Family' for Zoning: Contemporary Policy Challenges, Legal Limits and Options

Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 37, No. 5, May 2014

Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2014-32

17 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014

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Tim Iglesias

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2014

Abstract

Single family zones are ubiquitous, diversely-defined and both popular and controversial. Much of the controversy stems from who is excluded from living in these zones by the definition of “family.” After reviewing single family zones, policy rationales for them, and the basic types of definitions of family, this article surveys contemporary policy challenges and legal limits to definitions of “family.” Recognizing localities’ diverse contexts, the article articulates how localities can reassess their definitions and identifies relevant considerations.

Keywords: housing law, housing policy, zoning, planning and zoning definitions

Suggested Citation

Iglesias, Tim, Defining 'Family' for Zoning: Contemporary Policy Challenges, Legal Limits and Options (May 1, 2014). Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 37, No. 5, May 2014, Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2014-32, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470041

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