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A Connecticut appeals court ruled that a city zoning commission acted improperly in denying a church's application for a special use permit.

Key point 7-06.1. Most courts have ruled that churches have a legal right to locate in residential districts.
Zoning Law and Churches

* A Connecticut appeals court ruled that a city zoning commission acted improperly in denying a church's application for a special use permit to construct a new sanctuary in a residential neighborhood. A congregation comprised of 90 members applied for a special use permit to authorize the construction of a 200-seat sanctuary on a 5-acre tract of land in a residential area. The sanctuary would be used as a house of worship for Sunday morning services, midweek meetings and occasional weddings. For about ten years prior to filing the application for a special permit, the church conducted services in a rented community building. The zoning commission conducted a public hearing to allow citizens to voice their opinions regarding the church's special permit ...

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  • November 3, 2003

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