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The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act: Who is an “Aggrieved Party”?

  • October 8, 2018
  • by Kate Brink Harrison

The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101 et seq. (“MZEA”), authorizes municipalities to create zoning ordinances that regulate land use within their borders. The MZEA also requires that zoning ordinances create a Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) for each municipality. MCL 125.3601(1). The ZBA’s decisions are […]

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A RLUIPA win in California: West Valley Christian Center v. City of Los Angeles, California

  • September 8, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

We are pleased to report that our client, West Valley Christian Center located in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles, has reached a tentative settlement in its religious land use case against the City of Los Angeles, California.  Permits have issued, construction has commenced and […]

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Land use, zoning and civil rights attorney Larry Opalewski returns to Dalton & Tomich

  • August 13, 2018
  • by Admin

Opalewski’s special interests include religious land use and constitutional law, seeks to counsel clients toward optimal solutions both in and out of the courtroom Lawrence Opalewski DETROIT (August 13, 2018) – Attorney Lawrence Opalewski has rejoined the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Opalewski focuses […]

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Religious liberty champion attorney Noel W. Sterett joins Dalton & Tomich, PLC, opens Illinois office

  • June 5, 2018
  • by Admin

Sterett has successfully defended the rights of congregations across the country, recently co-authored guide to help church leaders navigate RLUIPA, land use litigation process Attorney Noel W. Sterett has joined the law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC. Sterett focuses his practice on the defense of […]

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Daniel P. Dalton recognized for excellence in land use litigation by America’s Top 100 Attorneys

  • May 21, 2018
  • by Admin

Religious land use attorney Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Dan is the nation’s preeminent expert in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act, also known as RLUIPA. He […]

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Attorney Katharine Brink Harrison promoted to senior associate

  • May 2, 2017
  • by Admin

Grosse Pointe Park resident is an integral part of Dalton & Tomich’s national leadership in land use cases supporting churches, mosques and other religious institutions DETROIT (May 2, 2017) – Land use and business law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC announced the promotion of attorney […]

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A RLUIPA Win: The American Islamic Community Center will build a Mosque in Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • February 21, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

As reported in the New York Times, in a significant win for the Muslim community in Detroit, and for religious freedom throughout the United States, the American Islamic Community Center (“AICC”) has settled its lawsuit with the City of Sterling Heights. The AICC brought a […]

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A RLUIPA WIN: North Jersey Vineyard Church v. South Hackensack Township, New Jersey.

  • February 14, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The North Jersey Vineyard Church is pleased to announce that it has settled its lawsuit with the Township of South Hackensack, New Jersey resulting in the Township approving its site plan, allowing it to use its building at 310 Phillips for religious assembly and paying […]

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A Free Speech Win for Donation Bin Operators: U’SAgain v. Crest Hills, Illinois

  • January 24, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Dalton & Tomich PLC is pleased to announce a recent victory protecting the rights of donation bin operators in a federal lawsuit wherein it represented U’SAgain against the City of Crest Hills, Illinois. The City of Crest Hills recently adopted a zoning ordinance which completely […]

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Speaking about RLUIPA at the 34th Annual ALI Land Use Conference in San Diego

  • January 22, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the ALI Land Use Conference in San Diego, California this week on Religious Land Use and Eminent Domain. This renowned program will be held on January 26-28, 2017 at the Westin San Diego, and […]

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