Planning Commission Turns Down Plans for Lawrenceville Hindu Temple

June 7, 2006

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

On June 7, 2006 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported, "An ornate Hindu temple that would rise on 4 acres just outside the Lilburn city limits got a thumbs down Tuesday from the Gwinnett County Planning Commission. Citing a recommendation from the county planners, the nine-member panel ruled the marble-and-stone structure topped with domes and spires would be out of character with homes and offices surrounding the site at Lawrenceville Highway and Braden Drive. The unanimous vote came after three nearby residents told planning commissioners they are not opposed to a temple being built there, but they have concerns about the traffic and stormwater runoff it would generate... At issue, though, was not whether a temple can go on the property, but rather how big it can be and what materials can be used to construct it. The land’s current zoning calls for glass and brick buildings, and it does not allow the marble and stone that would be used for the 13,200-square-foot temple. When the land was rezoned for a day care in 2004, the glass-and-brick building requirement was established at the behest of area residents, who wanted to ensure whatever went there meshed with existing buildings, according to county planners. Also, the spires � the highest would reach 67 feet � require a tall structure permit from the county."

See also: Hinduism, Zoning