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A Guide for Synagogues and Temples Navigating the Religious Land Use and Zoning Process
What Every Synagogue and Temple Needs to Know About Their Zoning & Land Use Rights
In recent times, the needs in our communities have become more obvious than ever. Homelessness, hunger, inequality, loneliness…they can no longer be ignored.
Synagogues and Temples are stepping up to love their neighbors and meet the needs of their communities. Religious leaders are rethinking their programs and how to use their buildings for more than just worship services. Many are starting to use their property homeless shelters, food banks, day cares, after school programs and other creative uses for their spaces.
What a lot of religious leaders don’t expect is to get blocked by their city or municipality when they want to use their buildings for a ministry, but it happens all the time. In fact, zoning issues are one of the main threats to religious liberty today and one of the main reasons religious entities end up in court.
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The good news is that you have more rights than you might realize. A federal law called RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) protects religious entities like yours from unfair discrimination and from being blocked from using your building to carry out your mission.
With a little preventive action, you can get ahead of zoning issues before they start, ensuring you can carry out your mission and serve your community. In this FREE guide, you will get the seven steps you need to take to navigate land use challenges and use your property to its highest potential.
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