A group of Alexandria, Virginia, residents are suing the city over the decision to end single-family-only zoning in a bill passed in November.
Last week, attorneys for the volunteer advocacy group The Coalition for a Livable Alexandria and seven residents filed a lawsuit that alleges violations of state laws governing zoning procedures under the city charter by ending single-family zoning.
Before the change in zoning, the housing code restricted around 30% of the city’s land to be exclusively for single-family homes. The new zoning change, passed unanimously by the city council, means builders can construct homes with up to four units in any Alexandria neighborhood.
“Today is the first step in the due process and property rights of all Alexandria residents against unlawful, discriminatory actions taken by the City of Alexandria in a misguided attempt to rewrite zoning regulations for house,” said The Coalition for a Livable Alexandria Chair Roy Byrd, who is a resident of Alexandria’s Clover College Park neighborhood, in a news release.