WTVR Last month, the Henrico County Planning Commission approved plans to expand the mosque, daycare and school.
“[During the past 8 months], we`ve already experienced more than 100 vehicles there, the overflow of traffic into the various neighborhoods,” said Hoehns-Wright. ”And we`ve already seen the increase in accident.”
“I would like someone to take a good look at the intensity of use, take a look at their website, understand how many meetings are going on there, get their arms around their unadvertised meetings that are going on there,” she said. “This is not just a daytime operation. It doesn`t really fit with the zoning qualifications we really have,” said Hoehns-Wright. “In fact, the center is busy 365 days a year.”
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In 2008, Henrico supervisors turned down a rezoning request for Impala Drive mosque. The group planning to build that mosque sued the county, and the U.S. Department of Justice initiated a civil rights investigation. Eventually, the suit was dismissed at the request of both the county and the group planning the mosque, and the county approved a new rezoning request. The county also revised its requirements, making it easier to qualify to build a place of worship. Henrico also changed its ordinance language. For example, the word “church” was replaced with “place of worship”; “church spires” was replaced with “spires, minarets or other architectural features.”
It’s one of three planned in Henrico alone:
The Hungary Road mosque would be the second in Henrico. Builders recently broke ground on construction of a 10,500-square-foot mosque on 3.6 acres on Impala Drive near its intersection with Hilliard Road.
Another group is planning a third Henrico mosque, for the Short Pump area, but has not yet submitted plans to the county for approval.