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A federal court in Illinois ruled that the legal rights of churches were not violated by a city zoning ordinance that required churches to obtain a special use permit.

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

Zoning Law and Churches

* A federal court in Illinois ruled that the legal rights of churches were not violated by a city zoning ordinance that required churches to obtain a special use permit before locating in certain commercial and manufacturing districts. Several churches sued the City of Chicago challenging the constitutionality of a city ordinance requiring churches to obtain special use permits in order to operate in commercial and business areas. The Chicago zoning ordinance divides the city into several districts including Residence ("R"), Business ("B"), Commercial ("C"), and Manufacturing ("M"). Each zone contains various sub-districts. The ordinance also sets forth the uses allowed within each sub-district. Approximately ...

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  • May 1, 2002

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