Lilburn to revisit controversial mosque zoning application

The Lilburn City Council will soon reconsider the zoning application that would allow the construction of a larger neighborhood mosque.

The four-member council was deadlocked on a December vote of the zoning request, prolonging a year-long dispute between the city and local Muslim congregation Dar-E-Abbas.

The council will revisit the issue at its meeting Aug. 16. The meeting is scheduled to start with a work session at 6:30 p.m. and will include a public hearing.

In a press release Thursday, City Manager Bill Johnsa said: "Based upon recent developments in the federal litigation with Dar-E-Abbas, and upon advice of legal counsel, the City of Lilburn has determined to reconsider the zoning application of Dar-E-Abbas, as was generally proposed in December of 2010.”

Johnsa wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.