Attorneys for the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton are appealing in court a zoning appeals board decision to disallow the construction of a mosque on South Alpha-Bellbrook Road in Sugarcreek Twp.

The Sugarcreek Twp. Zoning Board of Appeals voted 5-0 on Jan. 10 to deny a conditional use that would have permitted the building of a mosque for up to 975 people and a family center for an additional 400 on a 15-acre site zoned estate-residential.

Against a background of controversy generated by a local church’s opposition to the mosque, the board cited in its denial the mosque’s adverse impact on traffic and waste treatment in the area as well as a master plan recommendation that the area remain agricultural or for single-family dwellings.

The appeal, filed Tuesday in Greene County Common Pleas Court, stated that the Islamic Society is “appealing the factual determinations regarding the sewage and traffic issues and the legal issues” surrounding the township’s zoning ordinances and master plan. (MORE)


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