Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wisconsin City Settles RLUIPA Suit

Today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the city of New Berlin, Wisconsin has reached a settlement with SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running zoning dispute. In 2005, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the city's refusal to grant the church's rezoning request violated RLUIPA. This week's settlement requires the city to pay the church $370,000 in damages and will rezone the land to permit the church to build once it applies for a building permit and submits plans. The agreement still needs to be approved by the court.