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


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
Case Name
United States v. Pittsfield Charter Township (E.D. Mich.)
Civil Rights
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
  • 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(s)
  • None
Updated February 10, 2023