Buddhists Temple in Stockton Granted Higher Capacity for a Price

December 4, 2005

Source: Buddhist Channel/San Joaquin News Service


On December 4, 2005 the San Joaquin News Service reported, "A depleted team of county planning commissioners Thursday allowed a Buddhist association to squeeze more people into their place of worship in Stockton, but for a small fee. With [two commissioners] absent, the remaining commissioners voted, 3-0, in favor of the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple. The 5,000-square-foot temple... was previously allotted for no more than 249 people. Temple leaders wanted that number to get bumped to 499 people, without building any new structures. Before making a decision, the county and the California Department of Transportation wanted a traffic study to be done to determine whether nearby roads could handle more traffic from increased temple attendance... The study determined that the Buddhist association should pay 2 percent of the cost of putting a signal at the intersection of Mariposa Road and southbound Hwy 99 ramp — about $1,300. It also said that the association should [pay] 5 percent of the cost — about $3,070 — of putting a signal at the intersection of Mariposa Road and Hwy 99 East Frontage Road."

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