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Religious Land Use and Zoning Blogs

Churches and other religious institutions are protected from discrimination by municipalities and other local government bodies by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, better known as RLUIPA. This blog by the national leaders in religious land use and zoning law highlights RLUIPA case studies and includes commentary on related news for church leaders and others throughout the country, as well as explanations of components of the RLUIPA law.

The 2018 Land Use Institute, April 19-20, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is proud to announce that it is partnering with the ABA Land Use Institute as a presenting sponsor for its 2018 conference at the University of Detroit School of  Law on April 19-20, 2018.  Daniel Dalton will […]

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RLUIPA Land Use Trial Outcomes

Have you ever wondered how many RLUIPA land use cases have occurred since Congress unanimously passed the law (the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) in 2000?  Are you curious about the outcomes? Recently, we were asked to provide a Court with a list […]

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What qualifies as a “Religious Institution” under RLUIPA

The issue of defining the term “religious institution” and determining whether an entity is a religious institution under RLUIPA (the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act) is a question not frequently raised but important to consider in the context of a religious land use […]

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This Religious-Freedom Fight is Remaking America: RLUIPA in the Spotlight

There are churches all across America that have closed their doors or given up on their missions when they didn’t have to. And in many cases they did it just because they weren’t aware of a federal law that guaranteed their right to do exactly […]

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Approving a Religious Training, Resort and Convention Center: RLUIPA and the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center

On October 18, 2017, the City of San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center (“MCWE “) in San Diego after it previously voted the month prior 5-4 to reject the proposal. In conjunction with the law firm of Galuppo […]

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Church of Our Savior dedicates its new building following RLUIPA case win

Congratulations to our client and friends at Church of Our Savior in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on the October 22, 2017 grand opening of their new Church facility. The team at Dalton & Tomich, PLC is so very honored and happy to have had the opportunity […]

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What if RLUIPA Doesn’t Apply to My Case?

It’s possible that RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act, will not apply to your particular religious land use case. Attorney Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC in Detroit explains the options available to leaders of churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and […]

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What if My Zoning Request is Denied?

Religious land use attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the options available to religious entities after the planning commission has denied a zoning request. This includes reviewing the zoning code to determine whether the planning commission decision is final, the appeals process and possible […]

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What is a Conditional Use Permit?

Attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the different types of land uses that leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other entities may encounter in religious land use cases. Dalton answers the common question “What is a conditional use permit?” and also addresses permitted […]

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Dan Dalton quoted in Washington Post on interplay between RLUIPA and eminent domain

Dalton & Tomich PLC founding attorney Dan Dalton was recently quoted in a Washington Post article about a religious land use dispute in Pennsylvania. The dispute involves a piece of property in Lancaster County that is owned by a group of Catholic nuns who are […]

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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with expertise serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.