Summary judgment denied in zoning dispute over use of rabbi’s house for religious services

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In 554 Queen Anne Road Inc. v. Teaneck Board of Adjustment, (NJ Super. Ct., June 18, 2012), a New Jersey state trial court, finding “voluminous issues of material fact,” refused to grant summary judgment to either side in a zoning dispute between an Orthodox Jewish congregation and officials in Teaneck, New Jersey. (See prior posting.) The dispute involves a challenge to the numerous conditions imposed by zoning officials on the use of the  home of the rabbi of the congregation for worship services. The suit contends that the conditions violate RLUIPA as well as various state and federal constitutional provisions. [Thanks to Thomas Rockland for the lead.]