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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a city had improperly denied a church's request for a special use permit to use property for church purposes.

Key point 7-06.2. Some courts permit local zoning commissions to restrict the location of churches in residential areas.

Zoning Law and Churches

* The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a city had improperly denied a church's request for a special use permit to use property for church purposes. In 1996 a church purchased a building and parking lot adjacent to a four-lane highway. The building had previously been used as a Masonic Temple. The property was located in a zoning district defined under the city's zoning ordinance as B-2, or "limited service business district." Churches are permitted uses in this zone only if they receive a special use permit from the city. After taking possession of the property the church applied to the city for a special use permit to allow it to use the property for church purposes. A zoning board recommended that the application be denied, and the city ...

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  • July 1, 2002

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