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Christian School Loses Battle to Build in Commercial Zone

Sept. 19, 2018, 2:36 PM

A Christian school can’t build in a city’s commercial zone, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Sept. 18.

The school didn’t show the local zoning plan violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the opinion by Judge Ronald Lee Gilman said.

The zoning plan for the City of Upper Arlington, Ohio is designed to increase revenue by attracting business development in a commercial zone. Tree of Life Christian Schools bought 16 acres in that zone, but couldn’t build a school there.

Tree of Life claimed the city treated it less favorably than comparable ...