The Muslim congregation of Dar-E-Abbas will sue Lilburn for violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and other provisions of the state and federal constitutions arising out of the Lilburn City Council denied a rezoning request by Dar-E-Abbas for a 20,000-square-foot mosque, cemetery and gymnasium on about 8 acres at U.S. 29 and Hood Road.
“We think the city clearly discriminated against these people, particularly in light of the fact they’ve worshipped on this land 12 to 13 years,” [Doug Dillard, attorney for the congregation of Dar-E-Abbas] said Wednesday.
In a 4 to 0 vote the Lilburn City Council denied a rezoning request by the local Muslim congregation of Dar-E-Abbas for a 20,000-square-foot mosque, cemetery and gymnasium on about 8 acres at U.S. 29 and Hood Road.
More than 400 Lilburn residents attended the Council meeting to oppose the expansion of the eleven year Dar-E-Abbas. The vote will likely not end the dispute.
Doug Dillard, the congregation’s attorney, called the decision “arbitrary and capricious” and plans to file a lawsuit against the city within 30 days.
“The basis of this motion to deny had no basis in fact,” Dillard said. “My recommendation is we file suit and challenge the legality of what the council did tonight.”