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Borough of Glassboro v. Vallorosi

Supreme Court of New Jersey
568 A.2d 888 (N.J. 1990)


Facts

The Borough of Glassboro (Glassboro) (plaintiff) passed a zoning ordinance that limited occupancy in residential districts to families only. The ordinance defined a family as individuals living together as a stable and permanent living unit, such as a traditional family or the functional equivalent of a traditional family. Diane Vallorosi (defendant) bought a home in a Glassboro residential district for her brother, Peter. Peter moved into the house with nine college roommates (the students). The students were sophomores and planned to live in the house for their remaining three years of college. The students cooked and ate meals together, shared chores, and had a common checking account for household expenses. Glassboro filed suit, seeking an injunction on the ground that the students did not constitute a family and thus violated the Glassboro zoning ordinance by residing in the house. The trial court ruled in favor of the students. The court of appeals affirmed. Glassboro appealed.

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