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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.

RLUIPA Mosque Case: American Islamic Community Center vs. City of Sterling Heights, Michigan

The successful RLUIPA mosque land use and zoning case involving the American Islamic Community Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan is discussed by attorney Daniel P. Dalton. Dalton is one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing mosques, churches, temples and other religious institutions in […]

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Tiny Houses and Religious Land Use

  • May 25, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Recently, the Detroit News and the Nashville Tennessean profiled the recent phenomenon of tiny houses that are being built for the homeless population by religious institutions in Detroit, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee. Built at a fraction of the cost of a new home, and primarily […]

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Religious Land Use Litigation – It’s more than another case

This past Friday I attended services at the Church I grew up and attended for nearly 30 years. This is the place where I was baptized, confirmed, attended eight years of elementary school then four years of high school at an affiliated school, was married […]

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

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.

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

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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Dalton & Tomich Achieves RLUIPA Settlement for New Jersey Church

Last week, Dalton & Tomich attorneys secured a legal settlement that allows their client, North Jersey Vineyard Church (“Vineyard”), to operate a church in a long-vacant office space right outside New York City. Under the terms of the settlement, Vineyard can use the vacant office […]

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Church Land Use Case: Grace Ministry Center, Kimball Township, MI

Grace Ministry Center of Kimball Township (Port Huron, MI.), is a nondenominational religious organization that operates a church, daycare center, and youth ministry in the Port Huron Factory Shops outlet mall. After nine years as faithful tenants, the Church was informed that Storage of America […]

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Sign Ordinances and RLUIPA:East End Eruv Association, Inc. v. Town of Southampton

East End Eruv Association, Inc. (“EEEA”) is a non-profit corporation formed to coordinate efforts toward promoting the construction of an eruv. The eruv was set to travel through three municipalities: Southampton, Westhampton Beach, and Quogue, New York. An eruv is an unbroken demarcation or delineation […]

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Second Edition of Litigating Religious Land Use Cases book on RLUIPA is now published

  • October 5, 2016
  • by admin
  • Category: RLUIPA

I am pleased to announce that the second edition of Litigating Religious Land Uses Cases has been published by the American Bar Association. It is available through the online ABA bookstore. Why a book about religious land use? My goal for this book is to […]

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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 experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.