Greater Bible Way Temple v City of Jackson
478 Mich 373 (2007)
Issue: RLUIPA – rezoning request
The Greater Bible Way Temple sued, claiming that the city’s zoning decision was a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). RLUIPA is a federal statute which bars the imposition of land use regulations in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on a person’s right to exercise his/her religion unless the government can show that the regulation is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest. RLUIPA has been held to apply when a substantial burden has been imposed in the implementation of land use regulation under which the government is permitted to make an individualized assessment of the proposed uses for the property involved. The Greater Bible Way Temple argued that RLUIPA applied on the basis that the city’s refusal to rezone was an individualized assessment.
|Why did the LDF get involved?
The case put all municipalities with zoning power at risk of violating RLUIPA whenever a religious assembly requested rezoning for a proposed use of the land.
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