Brief Fact Summary. The Respondent, Metropolitan Housing Development Corp. (Respondent), applied to the Petitioner, Village of Arlington Heights (Petitioner), for rezoning of a parcel from single family to multi-family, low-income housing. The rezoning was denied and Respondent sued citing racial discrimination.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Discriminatory effect alone does not render a governmental decision unconstitutional. There must be a motivating discriminatory purpose.
Issue. Does this denial to rezone violate the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution (Constitution)?
Held. No. There is little in the sequence of events of the denial to rezone that leads one to conclude that the decision was racially motivated.
In such circumstances, there would be no justification for judicial interference with the challenged decision.View Full Point of Law