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  • Roman P. Storzer"The Rights of Religious Institutions Facing Zoning and Historic Preservation" - By Roman P. Storzer, Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. Washington, D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    In no other area is there as much restriction on religious exercise, a First Amendment freedom, than in the land use context, with possibly the exception of prisoners. The federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, RLUIPA, targets landmarking and land use laws. Zoning boards no longer hold all the power. Churches, mosques and temples can go to court and get redress under a relatively strong standard of review.
    More on this topic: Religious Institutions—National
  • Peyton Knight"National & International Land Use Planning" - Peyton Knight, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    A National Heritage Area facilitates national land use planning as a preservation-driven congressional pork-barrel designation created in conjunction with the National Park Service and private interest groups to influence decisions over local land use to preserve natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources. UNESCO World Heritage Site designations are an international tool to push land use restrictions on the sites and land surrounding them.
    More on this topic: National Park Service
  • "Property Rights Foundation of America Asks U.S. Supreme Court for Fair Hearing for Litigants" - PRFA, August 31, 2004
    Chander and Ashima Kant's house worth $199,000 was disposed of by Montgomery, Md., for $6,020 to pay a disputed bill, but the courts haven't allowed the Kants to have a hearing on their claim of discrimination. PRFA has filed a friend of the court brief before the U.S. Supreme Court because the federal rules are meant to allow litigants to bring issues before the court so that they are prevented from losing suits where they would otherwise win.
    More on this topic: Private Property — National
  • "Turning the Tables — 'Good Guys' Using Environmental Law" - By Kathleen Benedetto, National Wilderness Institute, Washington, D.C., Speech at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, November 16, 2002)
    Federal agencies fail to abide by environmental law that everybody else has to adhere to. NWI's Endangered Species Act lawsuit complains that the EPA and other federal agencies are failing to protect the bald eagle and the short-nosed sturgeon during construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac. Their Clean Water Act lawsuit charges that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows the Washington Aqueduct to discharge 200,000 tons sludge annually into the Potomac.
    More on this topic: Endangered Species & Wildlife — National

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