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Church's Rights to Build Larger Facility Violated by County

Federal appeals court rules rights under Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act were violated.

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Key point § 7-06.4. 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 federal appeals court ruled that a church's rights under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act may have been violated by a county's refusal to allow it to build a new and larger facility to accommodate its growing congregation. A Maryland church owns a place of worship and rents a nearby satellite facility. Its main facility seats 450 people and the satellite facility seats 300. Total weekly attendance for all services is about 1,500 people. To accommodate its congregation, ...

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  • April 30, 2014

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