In a case that has wound its way through the courts for nearly ten years, this week a Connecticut federal district court gave a partial victory to the Orthodox Jewish Chabad organization which is seeking to expand a residential building it purchased in an area zoned as an Historic District.  In Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County, Inc. v. Borough of Litchfield, Connecticut, (D CT, Nov. 1, 2017), a Connecticut federal district court held that the Lichtfield Historic District Commission’s denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness for the planned expansion placed a substantial burden on the religious exercise of Chabad in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.  However, the court concluded that Chabad needs to submit revised plans that eliminates the portion of the expansion that would serve as a residence for the rabbi. (See prior related posting.) [Thanks to Dan Dalton for the lead.]



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