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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.

Speaking about RLUIPA: Daniel Dalton at the 33rd Annual Land Use Institute in Baltimore, Maryland

  • March 6, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: RLUIPA

Dan Dalton will be presenting a session on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (commonly known as RLUIPA) at the 33rd Annual Land Use Institute in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday April 12, 2019. If you are a land use attorney attending the conference, or […]

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The Cross Church – A RLUIPA Church Land Use Success Story

It was my honor to return to Carlinville, Illinois on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to worship at The Cross Church. A decade ago, we worked with the Church and resolved a case allowing it to develop a former Walmart Store into a Church.  The once […]

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Speaking about RLUIPA: Daniel Dalton to speak at the American Planning Association Conference in San Francisco, CA. on April 15, 2019

  • February 22, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton
  • Category: Firm News

Daniel Dalton will be presenting a session at the American Planning Association annual conference in San Francisco, California on April 15, 2019 on litigating Religious Land Use cases under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, commonly known as RLUIPA. If you are one […]

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RLUIPA in the United States Supreme Court

Dalton & Tomich, PLC has been retained by the Three Hundred and Forty Two (342) parents of students who attend Tree of Life Christian School in Upper Arlington, Ohio to file an Amicus brief in support of the school’s request to have the United States […]

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Seventh Circuit Rules Church Has Standing to Challenge Entirety of Zoning Scheme Under RLUIPA’s Equal Terms Provision

  • February 14, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

On January 17, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Dalton Tomich client, the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in its suit against Markham, Illinois. The suit raises several claims under the Religious Land Use Institutionalized Persons Act, […]

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Noel Sterett to Speak at 2019 NIFLA Legal Summit About RLUIPA Protections for Pregnancy Care Centers

  • February 8, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

In May, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (“NIFLA”) will be hosting its annual legal summit. NIFLA has asked Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett to present on how the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) can help pregnancy care ministries […]

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Racially Charged Religious Discrimination Prohibited Under RLUIPA

Although RLUIPA is mainly concerned with religious discrimination, racial animus towards a religious organization falls within the ambit of RLUIPA’s very broad protection. On February 7, 2019, the Fourth Circuit, citing the legislative history of RLUIPA, emphasized that “zoning board members or neighborhood residents explicitly offer race or […]

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Major Religious Land Use Win in Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Dalton Tomich client, the Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in its suit against Markham, Illinois. Honorable Judges Easterbrook, Flaum, and Brennan all agreed that the district court was wrong to reject […]

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Supreme Court Rehears Important Property Rights Case with Implications for Religious Land Use Plaintiffs

  • January 17, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Yesterday, the Supreme Court took the unusual step of having a second round of oral arguments in the case of Knick v. Scott Township. As we wrote in October 2018, the property owner in the Knick case has asked the Court to overrule its 1985 decision in Williamson County […]

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What the Move to Ban Single-Family Zoning May Mean for Religious Assembly Uses

  • January 16, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett
  • Category: RLUIPA

Zoning is often used as a tool to protect the haves from the have-nots. The haves are those who already have homes, schools, and places of worship in a community. The have-nots are those who come to a community in search of those things. Even […]

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