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Ward St-Juste v. Darby Borough Settled

On December 22, 2023, Laura Caravello through DRP assisted client Ward St.-Juste in settling his discriminatory zoning lawsuit against Darby Borough. The Borough had refused to recognize Mr. St.-Juste’s right to live in a single-family home in the community while receiving waiver services and was attempting to using zoning practices to exclude him from living in a residential district. Upon filing the lawsuit, the Borough immediately vacated its zoning decision against Mr. St-Juste allowing him to continue to live in the community. In addition, the Borough issued an ordinance amending its zoning code to be more inclusive of people with disabilities and group homes. The Borough also issued an ordinance establishing a Fair Housing Act reasonable accommodation request process.

Here you can read the Settlement and Ordinances.