Zoning request denial for Islamic school prompts lawsuit in Pittsfield Township

Lawsuit claims township wrongfully denied zoning request for school

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations and Michigan Islamic Academy officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday after Pittsfield Township's planning commission and trustees denied rezoning.

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Pittsfield Township's denial of a zoning request for an Islamic school has lead to a lawsuit.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon.

CAIR members said the early stages of planning for the school went smoothly, but then the township turned downed plans, citing traffic and construction concerns.

The lawsuit claims that was not the real reason for the zoning request denial, saying a planning commissioner was concerned the Islamic school would force a decline in neighboring property values.

Pittsfield Township officials have not commented on the lawsuit.

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