United States v. Pittsfield Charter Township (E.D. Mich.)

Overview: 

On October 14, 2016, the court entered a consent order in United States v. Pittsfield Charter Township (E.D. Mich.).  The complaint, which was filed on October 26, 2015, alleged the Township’s denial of a zoning amendment to permit construction of an Islamic school imposed a substantial burden on the religious exercise of the school without a compelling governmental justification pursued through the least restrictive means. The consent order requires the Township to allow construction of the Islamic school, and provides for other injunctive relief, such as training, notice, and reporting.   

Press Release (10/26/15)

Press Release (9/29/16)

Case Open Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015
Case Name: 
United States v. Pittsfield Charter Township (E.D. Mich.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
RLUIPA
Michigan Islamic Academy
MIA
school
Muslim
zoning
substantial burden
religious exercise
compelling governmental justification
land use
planning commission
Ann Arbor
2:15-cv-13779-MFL-DRG
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Updated October 14, 2016