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Goldsboro Denies Request for Mosque Rezoning

Posted March 5, 2007 11:05 p.m. EST

— The Goldsboro City Council ruled Monday night that the planning board was right in saying a mosque should not be built on a site proposed by a local doctor, City Manager Joe Huffman said.

The council said the fact that the land is targeted for a multi-lane development and the need for a parking-space waiver were reasons not to approve the request to rezone the land to allow the mosque, Huffman said.

If the mosque were built, the road project would take over some of the land, the council said. In addition, the site has room for 13 parking spaces where 31 would be required without a waiver.

A Goldsboro doctor had proposed building the mosque so he and other Muslims would not have to travel out of town for prayer. He had bought the land and asked the city to re-zone it.

Neighbors had fought the proposal, saying the area is residential and they want to keep it that way.