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• An Arizona state appeals court ruled that county officials acted properly in prohibiting a church from using a warehouse that it constructed without a special use permit. The church purchased 40 acres of land, obtained a valid building permit from the county and made various improvements. Later, without obtaining a building permit, the church constructed a large, steel-sided building for use in printing and distributing King James versions of the Bible to persons worldwide. The 40 acres were zoned for rural use, but one of the permitted uses of the land was as a "public assembly for religious worship." The county claimed that the church's warehouse was in essence a "manufacturing" operation which was allowable only upon the issuance of a special use permit, and that without a permit the warehouse was a "nuisance" and its use could be prohibited by law. A trial court upheld the county's ...

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  • March 1, 1990

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