Lilburn planners to weigh mosque plan

Lilburn's planning commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall to weigh a rezoning proposal that would allow for a 20,000-square-foot mosque.

Approval of the rezoning at U.S. 29 and Hood Road would end a yearlong legal dispute between Lilburn and the local Muslim congregation of Dar-E-Abbas. Last year, the congregation, which owns 1.4 acres of land, wanted to buy an additional 6.5 acres for an expanded mosque, gymnasium and cemetery.

The Lilburn City Council denied the application, prompting litigation. The new plan scales back the site to four acres and excludes the gym and cemetery. The City Council will consider the revised plan on Dec. 13.