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Religious Organizations

Otten Johnson represents all types of religious organizations and schools on issues relating to the development of real property. We have assisted churches and other religious organizations with their land planning and use needs, ranging from small expansions to regulatory and zoning approval of a 240,000 square foot campus. We have successfully pursued claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act (RLUIPA) on behalf of religious organizations in these matters in federal court, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court. (For complete story on our representation of the Rocky Mountain Christian Church, see the Boulder Daily Camera story at 

Sometimes, litigation is necessary, and our land use and litigation attorneys have successfully represented religious organizations in court on issues arising from municipalities’, neighbors’ and other organizations’ opposition to religious organizations real estate and facility development initiatives.  

Representat‚Äčive Services

  • Land Use Planning
  • Zoning and development approvals
  • Financing
  • Government relations
  • Litigation, including claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act of 2000
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Charter Schools

Charter school finance and construction is a specialized area in which Otten Johnson has unique expertise.

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