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Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act Of 2000

July 18, 2003

Authors: Joseph P. Williams

To the list of items given special consideration in land use law (such as vernal pools and affordable housing), Congress recently added churches, temples and mosques. The federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc et seq. ("RLUIPA"), took effect in September 2000. Designed to protect religious exercise, the RLUIPA very broadly gives religiously-affiliated land use applicants a unique advantage when dealing with local land use regulation. Joseph Williams provides an overview of RLUIPA here.

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