Sufism Reoriented sanctuary project in Walnut Creek poses litigation threats

David M. Overton, Cheesecake Factory, Sanford M. Skaggs, Bingham McCutchen, Marie A. Cooper, Perkins Coie, Sufism Reoriented, Meher Baba, Sufism, RLUPIA, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Saranap, Saranap Preservation Society, Saranap Homeowners Association, Contra Costa County, Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects, Alan RitchieMy January article about a controversial San Francisco Bay Area church building project stimulated numerous questions from readers. Last fall the Contra Costa County Planning Commission approved the $20-million, 66,074-square-foot Sufism Reoriented sanctuary project to be built on 3.12 acres in a residential area of unincorporated Walnut Creek. Widespread community opposition prompted appeal of the Commission’s decision, scheduled for hearing later this month. Hundreds are expected to attend the appeal hearing, to be held in an 800-seat theater to accommodate the crowd. In response to reader inquiries, the following information is offered about Sufism Reoriented and its extraordinary building project. Continue reading “Sufism Reoriented sanctuary project in Walnut Creek poses litigation threats”

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