Korean megachurch wins further review of plans,

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Patti S. Borda
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Date Published: 01/29/2010

Global Mission Church will have another chance at approval for its 138,000-square-foot building. The second part of the church’s hearing Thursday before the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals explored whether the Frederick County Planning Commission treated the applicant fairly when it denied approval of its site plan. In October, the commission denied approval of the plan for the building containing a sanctuary with 1,160 seats. The congregation appealed the ruling, claiming the denial was based on erroneous conclusions about septic use and adequate emergency access. The first part of the appeal on Jan. 20 lasted nine hours, with several hours devoted to public testimony opposing the proposed church. The property is on agricultural land off I-270 in the southern part of the county north of the county line. The plan also calls for a dining hall that seats 500 and a three-story building with 67 classrooms. The planning commission based its decision to deny the site plan on estimates from the county health department the church might use more than the 5,000 gallons of septic capacity allowed. That was the main reason for denial, but the need for a secondary access route to the property was cited as a safety concern, Deputy County Attorney Wendy Kearney said.