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http://sandysprings.lps2.com/Articles-c-2009-10-15-167158.113118_Scientology_decision_could_come_soon.html

Scientology decision could come soon
by Amy Wenk
October 16, 2009
A roller-coaster of a rezoning case could reach the end of its tracks this month.

Sandy Springs City Council should decide Oct. 20 whether the Church of Scientology can relocate to the city. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, building 500.

The Dunwoody-based church seeks to rezone its property at 5395 Roswell Road to allow for religious services. Currently the former real estate office at the corner of Glenridge Drive only is permitted office use.

The Scientologists purchased the site in 2005 and requested to enclose the basement of the four-level structure. That renovation would increase the size from approximately 32,000 to 46,000 square feet.

But the process to get the application approved has been long and arduous. The case went to the Planning Commission three times, and at the last meeting Sept. 17, the board voted to deny the application after approving the request back in July (although subject to modifications). The commission felt the site had too little parking for the increased building size, and when they heard the congregation wanted no less than 40,000 square feet, they turned down the application.

Many Sandy Springs residents were overjoyed with the commission's denial. Opposition to the church's relocation has been fierce, rallying more than 500 signatures on petitions. Each meeting since March, citizens have lined up at the podium to express concerns like inadequate parking and increased traffic.

Scientologists came Sept. 17 in record numbers to defend their case. The congregation has said the city misunderstands how it uses space in its religion. Some feel they are being treated differently since the city is requiring more parking spaces than it would at other churches, saying the Church of Scientology operates more like a community college.
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Many Sandy Springs residents were overjoyed with the commission's denial. Opposition to the church's relocation has been fierce, rallying more than 500 signatures on petitions. Each meeting since March, citizens have lined up at the podium to express concerns like inadequate parking and increased traffic.

This is what the City council needs most to see.  No matter how Scientology continues to lie and warp their numbers to get this passed, the people of sandy Springs have spoken.

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Scientologists came Sept. 17 in record numbers to defend their case. The congregation has said the city misunderstands how it uses space in its religion. Some feel they are being treated differently since the city is requiring more parking spaces than it would at other churches, saying the Church of Scientology operates more like a community college.

Wait ... so the law that gives a minimum parking requirement that all churches there need approval for is discriminatory only against Scientology?  I know the cult is claiming that no one else has to have as many parking spaces per person, just to play the victim.

It operates like a community college ... in other words, it runs classes ... for profit.  That's not a church; that's not a philosophical religion at all in nature.  I know there's really no way for me to bring this up in a way for it to be relevant to the meetings, but it's SCREAMING right there!

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Church of Scientology says:

"We're different."

and

"Waaa, you're treating us differently."

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They want it both ways don't they?

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The congregation has said the city misunderstands how it uses space in its religion.

So many jokes about getting run down by trains and Xenu's evil IRS agents and "psychs"  and Space NASCAR, but so little time.
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Latest Sandy Springs Reporter article:

http://sandysprings.reporternewspapers.net/Articles-c-2009-11-12-167583.113118_Next_step_in_Scientology_issue_set_Nov_19.html

Next step in Scientology issue set Nov. 19

by Amy Wenk
November 13, 2009

The Sandy Springs Planning Commission for the fourth time will review the Church of Scientology's rezoning application, which seeks permission to relocate its Georgia headquarters to Sandy Springs. The meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road.

City Council Oct. 20 deferred a decision on the controversial case when the church brought forth new conditions that required it be sent back to the commission for review. City Council should vote again Dec. 15.

"Each delay and deferral … only makes it more obvious no agreement can be reached," Round Hill Condominium resident Sheila O'Shea said Oct. 20. "This has gone on long enough."

The conditions brought that night aim to satisfy the city's parking requirements and to assuage concerns of opposing residents, said Bob Adams, vice president of public affairs for the Church of Scientology International.

"We are hoping the Planning Commission will look at the efforts we've made," he said. "We'll continue to work with the city and the public."

The amendments still allow the church to enclose the bottom-level parking garage of the building it purchased in 2005 at 5395 Roswell Road. The church has said it needs the extra space to effectively practice its religion, but the city so far has refused the renovation on the basis that it results in inadequate parking onsite.

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Scientology needs to get a clue and MOVE ON. The residents are not going to bend the zoning rules for them. I doubt they would bend the zoning rules for ANYONE trying to occupy that location. The cult simply does not grasp this. All the whining about religious oppression simply does not fly when the zoning rules have been applied to other congregations in the past.

It is not a religion-relevant issue. It is a matter of a business (Scientology) trying to shoehorn itself into a building that is grossly unsuitable, and trying to force the neighbors to welcome them to the neighborhood when the neighbors adamantly DO NOT WANT them--or anyone--getting the disputed variances for that location.

They could be giving away free cake, adorable puppies and crisp dollar bills there, and the same zoning issues would still apply.

Bob Adams is particularly delusional if he thinks that showing off all the expensive reno done to the INSIDE of the building had, in any way, addressed ANY of the major concerns voiced by the residents. I am pretty sure none of them give a rat's patootie about the fancy wood paneling and big screen TVs, especially when the roof is about shot, the grounds are filthy and overgrown, the exterior is crumbling into pieces, and there are NOT ENOUGH PARKING SPACES.

Jebus Krispies, the cult is REALLY stubborn and dim-witted.
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They could be giving away free cake, adorable puppies and crisp dollar bills there, and the same zoning issues would still apply.

Scientology ain't gonna be givin' away no crisp dollar bills, fer sure!   :P

I agree with the rest of what you said. 

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They could be giving away free cake, adorable puppies and crisp dollar bills there, and the same zoning issues would still apply.

Scientology ain't gonna be givin' away no crisp dollar bills, fer sure!   :P

Nor do they provide cake.  That's our job. ;D

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Even if they DID provide cake, I doubt it would be as delicious as ATL's!
Religion is free. Scientology is neither.