quasi in rem

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

RLUIPA Issues Heat Up in Rockaway, New Jersey

The Daily Record News reports that a Beckett Fund letter has stirred up anger at church hearing.: "The Rockaway Township Planning Board Monday night reacted sharply to a letter it saw as a threat, but which officials of the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund, that defends churches in court fights, said was meant as informational only."

The paper reports that "Christ Church of Montclair has a $14 million purchase agreement for the 107-acre, former Agilent Technologies site on Green Pond Road in Rockaway Township. The property is in an office-research zone and a church would be a conditional use."

The Beckett Fund sent the Township an informational letter informing them of the basics of the RLUIPA law and the availability of suit should the Township not grant the provisional zoning.

If the Township can not find a reason to grant the permit that would pass strict scrutiny then expect the Beckett Fund, and maybe the Justice Department to get involved. Of course, being that this is Rockaway New Jersey and not Miami or Hawaii, then the Justice Department may choose to ignore this particular dispute.

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