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In Pa., Church Property Subject To Historic Designation, John Nivala Feb 2016

In Pa., Church Property Subject To Historic Designation, John Nivala

John F. Nivala

Historic preservation ordinances such as Philadelphia's are neutral laws of general application that do not, on their face, impose a substantial burden on the free exercise of religion. Nor do they in application, given a process for relief if designation imposes a substantial burden. It is the church's obligation to establish that designation would prevent it from carrying out its mission.