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Hindu center planned
Meeting Thursday seeks public input
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Public participation meeting

• When: 7 p.m. Thursday

• Where: Holiday Inn Express, 860 Buford Hwy.

• Online: View the application by searching CP100012 at

Plans for a nearly 70,000-square-foot Hindu center on Trammel Road will be aired Thursday during a public participation meeting.

The Radha Madhav Society, the organization seeking to build the center, plans to use the facility for worship, meditation and a number of cultural activities, such as festivals and arts, dance and yoga classes.

Society president Manisha Gupta said the group wants to build on the 14-acre site at 2225 Trammel Road, about 5 miles southeast of Cumming, because “there is a huge Indian population in that area who [would] like to impart this knowledge to their children.”

The center would be the only one of its kind within a 10-mile radius, Gupta said.

Plans submitted to Forsyth County call for three, two-story buildings, 267 parking spaces and 10.3 acres of open space.

A change to the county’s unified development code in July requires religious institutions to obtain a conditional use permit in certain residential and agricultural zonings.

The center’s application is the first to be reviewed under the new county policy.

The change came shortly after the 25,000-square-foot Hamzah Islamic Center was approved in a south Forsyth residential area.

Attorney George Butler, who represented the Islamic group, is also representing the Radha Madhav Society.

In the society’s application to the county, Butler noted that other similar uses, such as active recreational facilities and country clubs, are still allowed without a conditional use permit.

According to the application, “Any denial of this precautionary application for a CUP for a place of worship and accessory uses by virtue of the recent decision by the board of commissioners to eliminate places of worship as a permitted use ... would be impermissible.”

Thursday’s session is a public participation meeting, not a public hearing.

“Its purpose is to provide neighbors and interested parties the opportunity to meet with the developer and ask questions or voice concerns regarding the proposed development,” Butler wrote in a letter.