Update: Supervisors Will Appeal Court Ruling on Yuba City Temple

December 11, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee


On December 11, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "supervisors voted 5-0 to appeal last month's federal court ruling that they had erred when they used land-use regulations to block a new Sikh temple on 28 acres west of Yuba City. In a 48-page order, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton struck down the supervisors' 2002 decision to deny the Guru Nanak Sikh Society a conditional permit to convert a residence in the 1200 block of South George Washington Boulevard into a temple. The county Planning Commission and staff had approved the temple plan, but supervisors nixed it when neighbors appealed. Karlton overturned the board's decision on the grounds it violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, which holds mere land-use concerns as insufficient reason to interfere with the establishment of a house of worship. The county will ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to review the case."

See also: Sikhism, Zoning