Eight Greenville residents near East Carolina University have filed a suit against the city seeking reversal of City Council actions that created a new zone that allows property owners to increase their rental capacity from three unrelated occupants to four.
The plaintiffs — Christopher Mansfield; Myron Caspar; Beverly Harris; Catherine and J. Charles Young; Clell Moore; and Beth Thompson and her husband, Eric Horsman — filed claims alleging state and federal constitutional violations.
The first claim alleges that by establishing the University Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Overlay District and creating higher occupancy tolerances within it, the city and its individual council members “created ... different definitions of the word, ‘family,’ and two clear classes of persons and properties, those within the district and those outside it.”
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