Gain Insights From Past RLUIPA Cases

Church land use and zoning cases are complex, even for a property dispute lawyer. Relocating or building a church, mosque, temple, school or synagogue isn’t just a simple real estate transaction. Religious institutions often encounter discrimination from municipalities and other local governments before or during the land use planning process. This can include denial of a zoning variance or conditional use permit along with a number of other planning commission decisions.

As the RLUIPA cases below show, religious organizations have protections under the law that can be exercised. The roadblocks that are put in the way can be overcome with the right legal strategy.

Using Our Case Studies

Case studies highlighting many RLUIPA case victories and rulings since 2015 can be found here. They are informative examples for any land use lawyer who is planning to represent a religious entity. These studies also give religious entities a better idea of whether RLUIPA or a related act applies to their own case.

You will find RLUIPA cases argued at all levels, from contesting the decision of planning boards in the local county court to the Circuit Court of Appeals to federal courts. These cases take place in cities throughout the United States. We also discuss rulings on how RLUIPA can be applied and other court decisions that impact a religious group’s land use rights.

Noel W. Sterett named a partner at Dalton & Tomich

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; […]

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Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss RLUIPA School Case

It is well known to RLUIPA practitioners that the statute […]

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Addressing Homeless Ministries through RLUIPA: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church v. The City of Lenexa, Kansas

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (“Shawnee Mission Church” or “Church”) […]

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RLUIPA Protects Homeless Shelters within Churches – Our latest case in Kansas

Today we filed suit on behalf of Shawnee Mission Unitarian […]

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Using RLUIPA when appearing before local planning and zoning boards

In the past several months, we have found that the […]

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Defining “religious exercise” under RLUIPA

  Today we had the opportunity to argue the parameters […]

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Happy RLUIPA Day!

On this day 19 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed […]

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Who Decides What Activities Are Religious or Central to a Religious Institution’s Mission?

When a government regulation restricts an institution’s religious exercise, the […]

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Appeals court orders Litchfield borough to pay Chabad Lubavitch’s legal fees

As reported in the Torrington Register Citizen on August 19, […]

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RLUIPA Protections

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects organizations like yours from discrimination when local governments try to unjustly prevent or hinder construction projects and land use. Religious institutions across the country have won RLUIPA cases and successfully defended their rights to acquire and occupy new land with the help of the experienced religious land use and zoning attorneys at Dalton & Tomich, PLC.

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