Friday, August 10, 2018

Court Refuses To Dismiss Church's Challenge To Zoning Conditions For Homeless Shelter

In First Lutheran Church v. City of St. Paul, (D MN, Aug. 8, 2018), a Minnesota federal district court allowed a church located in a residential are of St. Paul to move ahead with a variety of challenges to conditions imposed on its partnering with a homeless shelter. Plaintiff claimed that the conditions, among other things, violate its rights under RLUIPA, the 1st Amendment, the equal protection clause and provisions of the Minnesota constitution. However the court did dismiss it substantive due process challenge. The court had previously granted a preliminary injunction as to two of the conditions.