Commissioners Decide to Appeal Church Case

In spite of the cost and seemingly against reason, the Boulder County commissioners voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the County’s case against Rocky Mountain Christian Church’s expansion plans. In explaining the decision the Commissioners said lower-level federal 2 court decisions have “left us with a great lack of clarity” about how and whether local governments can apply their land-use regulations to religious institutions and create “a double standard” for development applications. The Court would have to decide if the case was worthy; if not the lower court rulings would stand and the County would have exhausted the appeal process. Even if the Court decides to hear the issue, it would be several years before the County would have its day in court. Note: The County’s deadline to actually file a petition to the Supreme Court was today, Oct. 15 but there is no word yet as to whether that occurred.

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