Saturday, July 22, 2006

Zoning study to address Chabad plan

Wondering what happened to the hoopla over the Chabad that bubbled up a few months ago and then seemed to die down?
The controversy over the proposed Jewish Orthodox center in the heart of downtown Goshen has been put on hold while the village considers commissioning a study. The Village Board is expected to award a bid Monday to one of four companies that submitted proposals. The study will examine the legality of the current zoning downtown and specifically address concerns that it violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The law prohibits municipalities from discriminating against religious institutions through zoning laws.
The current commercial and office building zones downtown bar religious buildings except for those that already exist. Further discussion on the Chabad are on hold until after the study is completed. It is expected to take three months and cost about $10,000.

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