Land Use Law & Zoning
Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, religious freedom, substantive due process, land use regulation, zoning
Over the past three years, hardly a week has gone by without at least one news-story announcing that a church, synagogue, or religious school-I'll use the term “church” from here on as a shorthand for all houses of worship or other religious institutions—is claiming that its right to religious freedom is being infringed by local government land use regulations in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. RLUIPA, a federal statute signed into law in September 2000, was enacted to restore to full vigor legal protection for religious freedoms that the Act's proponents argue had been seriously diminished by prior rulings of the U.S.
Weinstein, Alan C., "RLUIPA: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Heading?" (2004). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 548.