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RLUIPA Cases

Church land use and zoning cases are complex. Relocating a church 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, including after denial of a zoning variance or conditional use permit, or in another planning commission decision.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects organizations like yours from such discrimination. Churches, their insurers and other religious institutions across the country have won RLUIPA cases and successfully defending their rights to acquire and occupy new land with the help of the experienced religious land use and zoning attorneys at Dalton & Tomich PLC. Case studies highlighting many of those victories may be found below.

Does RLUIPA Protect Churches Against Eminent Domain Proceedings?

  • February 29, 2016
  • by Kate Brink Harrison

In recent years, several states have announced plans to begin constructing high-speed railway systems within their borders in an effort to create more efficient means of travel. These plans have begun to cause concern for private landowners who worry the states may resort to condemning […]

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Sometimes it takes a letter . . . (to the City Planning Director)

  • December 21, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Not every religious land use case requires litigation. Every once in a while, a matter is resolved when a letter is sent to the planning director informing him or her about RLUIPA and its impact on a local government zoning regulations. That occurred this past […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Salvation Temple Church – Hazel Park, Michigan

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

SCENARIO: Salvation Temple Church (the “Church”) is a Christian congregation located in Warren, Michigan. The Church intended to open a new facility at the site of a former banquet facility (the “Property”) in Hazel Park, Michigan (the “City”), which had been vacant since 2002. The […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Real Life Ministries – Albion, Michigan

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

SCENARIO: Real Life Ministries (“RLM”) is a Christian ministry that had been located and operating in Albion, Michigan, for fifteen years. In 2010, RLM developed plans to purchase a large vacant building that formerly housed an Asian furniture store that was located in rural Parma […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Metro South Church – Taylor, Michigan

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On Sunday April 22, 2012, Metro South Church opened the doors of its new worship facility in Taylor, Michigan for corporate worship for the very first time. The Church secured a vacant building, empty for nearly ten years and formally used as a Sports Authority […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Celebration Christian Reformed Church – Muskegon, Michigan

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Celebration Church, a Christian Reformed Church located in Muskegon, Michigan finally had a home—or so they thought. The Church, which had opened its doors a few years prior, had worshiped in a high school gym since its inception while growing to several hundred members, necessitating […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Carlinville Southern Baptist Church – Carlinville, Illinois

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

SCENARIO: Carlinville Southern Baptist Church (the “Church”) is a Christian congregation located in Carlinville, Illinois (the “City”). The Church is a religious body formed to promote the message of the Christian gospel, instruction and righteous conduct, fellowship of its members and outreach to the community. […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Academy of Our Lady of Peace Catholic High School – San Diego, California

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (AOLP) has settled its lawsuit with the City of San Diego, effectively ending the nearly four yearlong dispute between San Diego’s oldest high school and the city in which it resides. The city has agreed to pay to […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Church of Our Savior – Jacksonville Beach, Florida

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

On November 25, 2014, District Judge Timothy Corrigan from the Middle District of Florida ruled in favor of Church of Our Savior in its religious land use lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The Court held that the City violated RLUIPA’s Equal Terms […]

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RLUIPA Religious Land Use Case: Lighthouse Community Church of God – Redford, Michigan

  • December 10, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Lighthouse Community Church of God (“Lighthouse”), a historic African American church that had been in existence for more than 80 years, was a small but faithful community of believers whose mission was to serve others. Its building, however, had become too small for Lighthouse’s ongoing […]

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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.