Newtown Buddhists Pursue Court Appeal for Temple Plans

December 8, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Newton Bee,2058,0,0,1,0

On December 8, 2005 The Buddhist Channel/The Newton Bee reported, "A religious group that wants to build a temple at a Boggs Hill Road property is seeking permission from the Connecticut Appellate Court to file an appeal challenging a recent Danbury Superior Court decision, which upheld the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission's (P&Z) past rejection of the temple construction proposal. Attorney Marvin Bellis, of the Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina, LLP, which represents the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut, Inc, said December 7, the society is seeking Apellate Court permission to file an appeal that would seek to overturn Judge Deborah Kochiss Frankel's November 18 decision on the society's Superior Court appeal. Judge Frankel's ruling upheld the P&Z's February 2003 rejection of the society's proposal to build a 7,600-square-foot temple/meeting hall at the society's ten-acre property in a residential area at 145 Boggs Hill Road. The society has a monastery at the site. Following lengthy consideration, P&Z members unanimously rejected the temple/meeting hall proposal, noting that the Buddhists' envisioned use of the property, involving increased traffic and noise, would be 'far too intense for this particular site.'"