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Zoning - Part 1

A Washington court ruled that a county zoning board did not violate the First Amendment by denying a denominational headquarters the right to build.

Key point 5-02.1. Local zoning laws generally allow "churches" in residential areas. The courts have struggled with applying this term to various activities and organizations other than traditional congregations meeting in a building for regular worship services.
Key point. The federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act prohibits state and local governments from imposing a land use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of religion unless the regulation is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

* A Washington court ruled that a county zoning board did not violate the first amendment or Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by denying a denominational headquarters the right to build a new administrative facility ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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