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

  • March 16, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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What qualifies as a “Religious Institution” under RLUIPA

  • November 26, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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

  • October 23, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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What if My Zoning Request is Denied?

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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?

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Admin

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

  • April 17, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

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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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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A Religious Land Use Win in Oregon – Home Church and Wedding Ministry are Permissible Uses of Land

  • September 7, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC is pleased to announce that our client Shepherdsfield Church prevailed in its land use dispute in central Oregon this week.  In this landmark decision, the administrative hearing officer found that home churches and wedding ministries are permitted […]

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Does RLUIPA apply to fortune tellers?

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In Patricia Moore-King v. County of Chesterfield, the Court was asked if RLUIPA applies to fortune tellers. The answer is No, at least in the Fourth Circuit. Patricia Moore-King (“Moore-King” or “Plaintiff”) brought suit against the County of Chesterfield, Virginia (the “County” or “Defendant”) challenging the […]

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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.