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What if My Zoning Request is Denied?

Written by Daniel P. Dalton on August 29, 2017 Category: Land Use and Zoning, RLUIPA, RLUIPA Videos
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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 federal litigation. Dalton’s clients include churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other religious organizations across the country who have experienced zoning request denials and other land use issues. He is the nation’s preeminent expert on RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act. RLUIPA case studies and additional religious land use resources are available on the RLUIPA resources page of Contact Dalton directly at 313.859.6000 or


  • on November 16th, 2017

    Hey Dan,

    Thanks for the video. I’m just curious how hard it is to get a conditional use permit for a religious facility? I’ve done many appraisals on religious facilities in the past and they are almost always in a zoning district that doesn’t allow for them without a conditional use permit.


    • on November 17th, 2017

      Hi Austin,

      Thank you for your comment. The answer to your question is “it depends.” It truly depends on the state in which you are located, the particular municipality and the zoning district involved. These are fact-intensive matters that required specific analysis to answer the question. Please contact me to discuss your specific inquiry.



      • on November 18th, 2017

        Interesting, thanks! I don’t have a specific property in mind, I was just curious.

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