Property lawsuit brings up definition of "family"
BATON ROUGE- Former mayoral candidate Steve Myers is being sued by East Baton Rouge Parish over rental property issues, and the case is raising questions about just what "family" means.
The parish accused Myers of allowing too many unrelated people to live in a single family home. He's asking a state district court judge to dismiss the lawsuit, and develop a new definition of family. Myers says the current term is unconstitutional because it does not include today's non-traditional families.
People in neighborhoods like Southdowns are urging the parish to follow the law. The say this type of zoning violation is unsafe, and hurts property value. They accuse Myers of being more interested in profit than his tenants' rights.
Some of Myers' tenants say the rules should be changed. They say it is reasonable to think young people would want to live in subdivisions near campus, and that Myers has great housing options for his properties in what can be an expensive Baton Rouge housing market
Judge Janice Clark has given lawyers on both sides seven days to file post trial briefs.