The All Dulles Area Muslim Society now has the permit it needs to move ahead with plans to build a new mosque in Nokesville, following roughly three years of debate and stiff opposition from people living near the proposed building.The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously in the early morning hours of June 28 to approve a special use permit for the 22,400-square-foot mosque, which would sit on a 14-acre site at the intersection of Vint Hill Road and Schaeffer Lane and hold up to 500 people. The county’s planning commission recommended last December that the board approve the permit, though only after deferring a decision following a lengthy and contentious hearing on the matter in November.The board’s meeting Tuesday night was similarly tense, and several hundred people packed the McCoart Administration Building to both support and oppose the project over the course of the roughly nine-hour meeting.“It’s the American dream to have a place of your own, and that includes a place of your own to worship,” Rizwan Jaka, chairman of the Muslim society’s board, said in an interview. “So this is very encouraging, and we appreciate the diligence of everyone involved. We think it can be a win for everyone.”…The biggest sticking point in the debate was over the Muslim society’s request for access to a county sewer line, rather than installing a dedicated septic system for the building. County staff recommended that supervisors require ADAMS to use septic instead, and many Nokesville residents expressed concern that giving the mosque public sewer access would break with county policy — Prince William’s comprehensive plan currently severely restricts development in the area in order to protect its rural setting.
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