Lawsuit filed by church against city of Dothan reaches resolution

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Dothan (WTVY)-- A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a church against the city of Dothan claiming zoning laws unfairly targeted the church was dismissed Monday upon agreement of both parties.

New Life In Jesus Ministry Church will be allowed to move into this North Foster Street building in Dothan after filing a federal lawsuit against the city. Photo from October 24, 2017.

“Defendant City of Dothan is permanently enjoined from prohibiting or interfering with Plaintiff New Life in Jesus Ministry’s use of the property at 274 N. Foster Street, Dothan,” the court order states.

New Life sought to relocate from Reeves Street to the Foster Street building but the request was rejected by the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Its suit alleged the city’s zoning ordinances require all new churches or those seeking to locate to secure special exemptions. The church claimed the ordinance violates the First Amendment and treats assemblies differently if they are religious in nature. The lawsuit was filed October 13.

The dispute is apparently ended.