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County of Santa Clara to Hold Cordoba Religious Center Appeal Hearing on Tuesday Afternoon

Land Use Hearing Will Begin Not Earlier Than 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.--As a courtesy to members of the public, and in an effort to avoid members of the public having to wait through other items scheduled on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda, the land use hearing concerning the Cordoba Center will begin not earlier than 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA.  The public hearing has been legally noticed to occur not earlier than 9:30 a.m. on September 25; however, the 1:30 p.m. start time has been identified as a courtesy to members of the public.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to consider three appeals filed by Silicon Valley Islamic Center, San Martin Neighborhood Alliance, and People’s Coalition for Government Accountability in response to the August 2, 2012, decision of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission’s decision granted a Use Permit, Architecture and Site Approval, and Grading Approval and adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for a religious institution and cemetery. 
The Planning Commission’s approval authorizes the property to be used for a religious institution and cemetery including a 5,000 square foot prayer hall building, a 2,800 square foot multi-purpose hall building, an outdoor play area and restroom and approximately two acres of cemetery grounds.  The appeal filed by the Silicon Valley Islamic Center seeks to modify the conditions imposed on the project by the Planning Commission. The two appeals filed by the People’s Coalition for Government Accountability and the San Martin Neighborhood Association seek to overturn the Planning Commission’s approval of the project.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: September 20, 2010