United States v. City of Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.)

Overview: 

On December 15, 2016, the United States together with the United States Attorney’s Office filed a complaint in United States v. City of Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.), which alleges that Sterling Heights discriminated against the AICC on the basis of religion when it refused to approve the land use request to allow the AICC to build a mosque.  It further alleges that the denial imposed a substantial burden on the AICC’s religious exercise.  The AICC, currently located in Madison Heights, Michigan, sought to build in Sterling Heights because the location is more convenient for its members and its current space has become inadequate for its religious, educational and social needs.  The complaint alleges that its current facility is overcrowded during important religious observances and lacks space for educational activities, youth activities and special events.

press release (12/15/16)

Case Open Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Case Name: 
United States v. City of Sterling Heights (E.D. Mich.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
: Religious Land Use
RLUIPA
American Islamic Community Center
AICC
Shia Muslim
Mosque
religion
place of worship
zoning
planning commission
Special Approval Land Use applications
R-60 residential use
public opposition
substantial burden
religious exercise
2:16-cv-14366-GCS-RSW
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Updated December 19, 2016