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Decision on Hindu temple appealed
Homeowner's association contends BOC erred
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Forsyth County News

WEST FORSYTH — The Forsyth County commission’s recent decision to approve a Hindu temple in west Forsyth is being challenged.

An appeal, filed Wednesday in Forsyth County Superior Court, has been brought by James C. Cartwright and the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowner’s Association Inc.

In their Petition for Writ of Certiorari and Appeal, the parties contend the commission committed errors in approving a conditional use permit for Chinmaya Mission of Alpharetta, which wants to build a temple and education center.

According to the court filing, the homeowner’s association did not receive a public participation letter, which was required by law due to its proximity to the development.

It also states the required public hearing sign was on the property was not maintained, “contained conflicting information” and was “not readable.”

It also maintains the public meeting was held without giving all required parties notice, and that false and misleading information was conveyed in the meeting, including the public comments application having the wrong information.

Opponents of the project were initially concerned about the building increasing traffic off Pittman Road and fireworks being shot on certain Indian holidays.

The commission approved the permit in a 3-2 vote Sept. 4 with Commissioners Todd Levent and Brian Tam opposed.

The attorney for the Polo Club declined to comment on the matter, while the county attorney couldn’t be reached.