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Religious Worship in Residential Homes: Is it an Accessory Use or Change of Use?

  • July 29, 2016
  • by admin

  In many religious denominations, churches have their members form  bible studies or small groups where members meet on a weekly basis to form a community within the church.  These matters generally do not raise a concern for communities.  However, when a home church starts […]

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Community meals and RLUIPA

  • July 15, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich, Inc., (“St Vincent” or “Appellant”) is a community meal site and food pantry “that strives to meet the needs of homeless people and families with limited income in the greater Norwich[,] [Connecticut] area.” On July 9, 2012, St. Vincent […]

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Prior approval to assemble and use a building for Church and the subsequent demand to leave: RLUIPA and Substantial Burden concerns

  • July 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (“Plaintiff” or “Church”) brought suit against the City of Markham, Illinois (“Defendant” or “City”), following the City’s denial of a special use permit to allow Plaintiff to operate a church in an area zoned residential. Upon […]

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Zoning maps, zoning changes and RLUIPA -Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church, Inc. v. Village of Bolingbrook , Illinois

  • July 13, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Liberty Temple Church of Bolingbrook (“Liberty Bolingbrook” or “Church”) is a small congregation of less than 100 members, and a branch of Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church, Inc. (“Liberty Gospel” or “Plaintiff). Liberty Gospel is a not-for-profit organization that is registered in Illinois, and has […]

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Converting a residential home to Church: Do you still need to comply with zoning ordinances?

  • June 30, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Faith Walk Fellowship Church (“Faith Walk”) owns a single-family residence in a single-family residential district of Cleveland, Ohio (“the City”). As churches are permitted uses in single-family residential districts, Faith Walk sought a variance to use the residence as a church, and to install a […]

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Licensing requirements and Ripeness: Davis v. City of Selma, California

  • June 26, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Stephanie Davis (“Plaintiff”) is a spiritual counselor providing counseling in the County of Fresno, but sought to provide spiritual counseling within the incorporated City of Selma, California (“Defendant” or “City”). Plaintiffs spiritual and counseling activities are founded on and motivated by her fundamental religious beliefs, […]

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State Environmental Laws and RLUIPA

  • June 15, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When does state environmental laws impact RLUIPA?  We previously blogged on Fortress Bible Church v. Feiner, a  case where the local community improperly used the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) to block a religious institution from building in the local community.  A […]

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Building Codes, Fire Codes and RLUIPA – Affordable Recovery Housing v. The City of Blue Island

  • June 9, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

SCENARIO: Affordable Recovery Housing (“ARH” or “Plaintiff”) is a non-profit, faith-based organization located in the City of Blue Island, Illinois (“Blue Island” or “Defendant”), on a property referred to as the “Mother of Sorrows property” (“the Property”). Since the mid-1950’s, the Mantellate Sisters of Mary […]

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Homeless Ministries and RLUIPA

  • May 27, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Harbor Missionary Church (“the Church”), located in the City of San Buenaventura, California (“Ventura” or “the City”), provides daily chapel services, bible studies, and prayer to the community of Ventura. Specifically, the Church has devoted itself to serving the needs of Ventura’s homeless population, believing […]

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RLUIPA – Complete Religious Land Use Resources now available

  • April 18, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC is proud to announce that it has prepared the very first comprehensive list of RLUIPA land use cases and Law Review Articles on its website, www.attorneysforlanduse.com The success rates and chronological listing of cases provide illustration of […]

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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.