Ozzie and Harriet Don't Live Here Anymore

Zoning Practice — February 2007

By Dwight Merriam, FAICP


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This article explores how American households have changed in the last several decades and offers suggestions for planners looking to bring definitions of "family" and standards for single-family dwellings into alignment with contemporary practice and federal fair housing laws.


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Feb. 1, 2007
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About the Author

Dwight Merriam, FAICP
Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, a lawyer in private practice in Simsbury, Connecticut, has practiced law for four decades. He represents land owners, developers, governments, and individuals in land use matters. Dwight is a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former Director of the American Planning Association, a former chair of APA’s Planning and Law Division, a former chair of the American Bar Association’s national Section of State and Local Government Law; the Connecticut member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a former Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute National Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a Counselor of Real Estate, a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Author of 13 books and over 200 articles. Taught for 40 years in several law schools and planning schools. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, YALE JD. Navy Captain (surface warfare) 31 years, three tours in Viet Nam.