Zoning Issues and the U.S. Constitution
The Ohio Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Inc. sought to construct a church building in a residential area in Lakewood, Ohio. Lakewood’s residential zoning prohibited churches in all residential districts. The Ohio Congregation brought suit challenging the ordinance as unconstitutional and a breach of the freedom of exercise clause of the constitution. What result?
Guided Response: Analyze several of your peers’ postings and identify some key challenges to the ordinance. What, if any, aspects of the ordinance are unconstitutional? Respond to, at least, two of your peers identifying possible amendments to the ordinance. What, if any, zoning issues might the Lakewood residents raise to prohibit the construction of the church?
Environmental Issues in Real Estate
Union Electric wishes to construct a new coal-fired plant in the northeastern corner of Arizona. Union plans to use the maximum achievement technology for the scrubbers on the plant to reduce emissions. Will Union be able to obtain a permit from the EPA to build and operate the new power plant? Discuss the issues that Union faces.
Guided Response: Review several of your peers’s postings and identify some key environmental concerns that might be raised in objection to the construction of the coal-fire plan. Respond to, at least, two of your peers providing advice and suggestions to Union Electric to ensure compliance with EPA regulations, explaining the necessity of such regulations.