February 29, 2012

No surprise but unfortunate: Sufism Reoriented project approved

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved Sufism Reoriented's plans to build a large, white multi-domed sanctuary in the Saranap neighborhood of unincorporated Walnut Creek, reports the Contra Costa Times. 

Four of the five supervisors cast yes votes for the worship center, to be built on 3.12 acres off Boulevard Way.. Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, whose district is near the proposed sanctuary, listened to the meeting by phone Wednesday but did not vote.

Elisabeth Nardi will be updating her story later, and Walnut Creek Patch Editor Lance Howland tweeted that the supevisors had added a list of conditions for the 66,000-square-foot project. 

The approval comes following an all-day special public hearing last Tuesday at the Lesher Center for the Arts and several hours of testimony Wednesday. 



Old Fart said...

Good for the Board of Supervisors. This thing had NIMBY all over it from the start.

I look forward to seeing more American progress.

David Dacus said...

I was very sorry Supervisor Gayle Uilkema was not able to attend, and wish her all the best in her health battle. Her strong presence, and keen insight, was missed. To paraphrase what Supervisor Federal Glover said during today's hearing, if Supervisor Uilkema [listening in by phone] was not happy with how things were going, I'm certain we all would have heard about it!

I'm grateful to the supervisors and I think the project will be a blessing to the neighborhood.