Council to Decide If Chandler Home Can Be a Buddhist Temple

August 18, 2009

Author: Edythe Jensen

Source: The Arizona Republic/The Buddhist Channel,8455,0,0,1,0

A north Chandler house that's been used as a Buddhist temple for three years needs city council approval to continue as a place of worship.

That's because some neighbors near the home at 285 N. Comanche Drive complained about traffic and rows of cars parked on residential streets south west of Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard every Sunday. A city inquiry that followed found the temple lacked a required use permit. Officials had recently ordered the group to stop hosting Sunday prayer meetings until they obtained a permit and find alternative parking.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will vote Wednesday night whether grant the Vien Minh Buddhist Temple a special use permit, which is recommended for approval by municipal planners. The City Council has the final say later this month. Several neighbors also have written the city in support of the temple, which houses three Buddhist nuns and depends on donations for support.

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