New Blog Tracks Religious Land Use Law

A blog launched this month by a Michigan law firm may be the first devoted exclusively to the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a 2000 law designed to prevent local governments from making land-use decisions that disfavor religious groups, which are exempt from paying property taxes.

The RLUIPA Blog is written by lawyers from Tomkiw Dalton, a Royal Oak firm that concentrates in land use law. In an introductory post, partner Daniel P. Dalton, said, “My objective is to provide regular updates of cases and commentaries that address RLUIPA and related land use cases, both from the perspective of a religious entity, as well as a local community. I will also comment on religious governance issues, with an emphasis on current challenges being faced in the operation and structure of a church.”