Planning For Religious Land Uses in an Age of Religious Diversity and Lawsuits – Speakers: Dan Dalton, Noel Sterett, and Evan Seeman
The Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) has significantly affected communities across the country in the planning process, changing the way that some local governments plan for religious uses. This program will explore the types of claims that can be brought under RLUIPA and discuss how communities can plan for religious land uses without risking a potential RLUIPA violation. The presenters will explain several different strategies and approaches that can be used to avoid RLUIPA litigation, including through revisions to local zoning codes and accommodating religious uses when appropriate. As litigation is sometimes unavoidable, the presenters will discuss the life of an RLUIPA case from start to finish and approaches that they have found to be successful based on their experiences litigating these types of cases.