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New Jersey has a law that ecclesiastical intitutions (chruches)

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New Jersey has a law that ecclesiastical intitutions (chruches) can use private property they own without regard to zoning regulations, specifically use as a hotel, or motel. Isn't this law unconstitutional because it discriminates against private, single family home owners
who must abide by zoning regulations?Thank you for your attention.
Dr. Lackman***@******.***
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  WiseOwl58 replied 2 years ago.
I am from South Orange, as a matter of fact. Under New Jersey law, the church/temple must follow the zoning regulations or get an exemption from them for a nonconforming use. Typically their property would be zoned as a church/synagogue and would not permit a hotel use. Moreover, if they use the property for profit making ventures, i.e., a hotel, etc., the property loses its tax free status and becomes taxable like any other commercial property.
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