PUC Victory! Board of Supervisors Votes to Retain the Existing "Urban Bubble" in Angwin
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Napa County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, February 26th, to retain the existing "urban bubble" in Angwin, respecting the property rights of Pacific Union College. As indicated by the letter below, the legal claims raised by the Church State Council on behalf of the college are being given wide credit for convincing the Supervisors to avoid restricting the college's development rights through amendment of its General Plan. Many do not understand the Religious Land Use Act ["RLUIPA"] claims that were raised. Some insist there is no religious liberty issue involved, that it is just a land use matter. However, Congress understood that there are important First Amendment concerns in how religious institutions are treated in the land use planning process. These concerns were taken very seriously by the Napa County Counsel and Supervisors, who acted responsibly to insure they complied with both their legal obligations and sound planning procedure. We commend the Supervisors for their fairness, and are confident they will follow through in applying planning principles consistently to all of the "urban bubbles" in Napa County. To all who wrote letters and e.mails in support of the college, and to those who attended the public hearing, we extend our heartfelt thanks.
Letter to Napa County General Counsel
This letter explains the legal issues relating to the Religious Land Use Act (RLUIPA) and will answer questions about the religious liberty laws that govern.