.
News Alert
PHOTOS: Large Brush Fire Raging In Berkeley,…

Mosque Hearings Postponed Until New Year

Storm and applicant's request cause reshuffling of meeting dates.

The two special Planning Board meetings scheduled this month to hear the application for a mosque at the site of the Redwood Inn, on Mountain Top Road, have been cancelled. Credit: John Patten
The two special Planning Board meetings scheduled this month to hear the application for a mosque at the site of the Redwood Inn, on Mountain Top Road, have been cancelled. Credit: John Patten
The township has canceled a pair of meetings set to rehear the application by Al Falah Center to construct a mosque on Mountain Top Road.

Both the meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday and a second hearing set for Dec. 18 have been canceled, with no rescheduled dates set. Tuesday's meeting was cancelled because of the snow, and the Dec. 18 meeting was cancelled at the request of the Al Falah Center, Township Administrator James Naples said.

The hearings will be rescheduled in January after the Planning Board reorganization, set for Jan. 7.

The hearings were ordered by federal judge Michael Shipp, sitting in U.S. District Court in Trenton, after the center sued the township over its earlier denial of the mosque application.

The township is appealing Judge Shipp's ruling, and had asked for a stay on the new Planning Board review pending a decision on its appeal but the stay was refused.
James Trynosky December 11, 2013 at 09:33 AM
This is why we're being sued. Even if there is a perfectly acceptable reason to block the development, we come across looking like a bunch of bigoted hillbillies.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something