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Baltimore County paying $1.1 million to settle Hunt Valley church land-use discrimination lawsuit

April 30, 2021

Baltimore County has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court in 2017 by Hunt Valley Baptist Church after a county board denied the church’s plan to build a new, larger facility on Shawan Road. U.S. District Court found that the county violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (a federal law written to protect religious institutions from discrimination in zoning) when its zoning appeals board ruled in 2017 that the church should not be granted permission to build a 1,000-seat sanctuary, classrooms and gym on a 17-acre farm just west of Interstate 83.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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