RLUIPA is one acronym all planners should be familiar with. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) of 2000 places strict limits on local governments' power to regulate religious land uses. While places of worship have traditionally been welcome by right in most communities, the changing shape of religious practice sometimes creates conflicts. Local governments often struggle to balance legitimate land use concerns with First Amendment rights to free assembly and RLUIPA's provisions.
This PAS Essential Info Packet provides a primer on RLUIPA with articles from Planning & Environmental Law and other APA publications. It also provides examples of ordinances that have been crafted in response to this legislation.