Holy Wars - Site Plan Considerations for Religious Uses and the Neighbors Who Oppose Them


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Course Description

This program was recorded on April 21, 2021

Religious institutions and neighbors face significant legal and political issues in the administrative zoning approval process in cities and counties across the country. Unlike most land use entitlements, proposed religious uses (e.g. churches, temples, mosques) are protected by federal law known as RLUIPA. This course provides a roadmap for both religious institutions and affected neighbors to successfully navigate the local administrative zoning process. Although many neighbors oppose such uses in their backyard, RLUIPA and related case law can and should result in approvals four religious uses that are subject to reasonable conditions including mitigation as to traffic, parking and noise impacts.

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Course Agenda

Attorney Daniel P. DaltonDaniel P. Dalton
A founder of Detroit-based Dalton & Tomich, PLC, Dan Dalton has developed a national reputation as a tenacious and strategic litigator representing clients in the areas of land use and zoning litigation. He has a special focus on religious denominational splits and property disputes, representing religious institutions throughout the country in cases related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), as well as local churches seeking to separate from their mainline denominations while retaining their property using denominational trust clauses. In a December 2019 RLUIPA win, Dan (along with local counsel) successfully represented the Shawnee Mission Church as it sought to continue its ministry to the homeless in Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church v the City of Lenexa, Kentucky.

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Attorney Robert L. GlushonRobert L. Glushon
Rob Glushon has over 40 years of experience in land use, zoning, environmental, real property and real estate law including representing property owners and neighborhood groups. He has also successfully represented parties in related litigation including writs of mandamus and claims arising from the California Environmental Quality Act. Mr. Glushon represented the prevailing party in the landmark published case of Nasha v. City of Los Angeles (2004) 125 Cal. App. 4th 470 and also the successful neighborhood association in Arviv v. South Valley Area Planning Commission (2002) 101 Cal App 4th 1333 in which the Court upheld the City’s requirement of an Environmental Impact Report for the attempted piece-meal development of numerous legal lots. He has an A.V. rating by Martindale Hubbell and was selected to Super Lawyers 2013-2021.

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Course Agenda

  1. Application of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to local land use and zoning entitlements
  2. The distinction between "By-Right" and "Discretionary" religious uses based on applicable zoning regulations
  3. The Administrative Process for Discretionary Land Use Approvals for Religious Uses
  4. The interplay of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other States' laws to proposed Religious Uses
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