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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Village of Belle Terre v. Boraas
Citation:416 U.S. 1 (1974)
Belle Terre is a village on Long Island’s north shore of about 220 homes inhabited by 700 people. Its total land area is less than one square mile. It has restricted land use to one-family dwellings with some exceptions. The family as used in the ordinance means “one or more persons related by blood, adoption, or marriage, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit.” A number of persons but not exceeding two persons shall be deemed to constitute a family. Appellees are owners of a house in the village and leased it to Michael Truman. Later Bruce Boraas became a co-lessee. Then Anne Parish moved into the house along with three others. These six are students at nearby State University and none is related to the other in any way. When the village served the appellees with the ordinance, the owners plus three tenants brought an action claiming the ordinance unconstitutional.
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