Unitarians sue Wayzata over new church plan

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2010 - 10:31 PM

City tightly restricts buildings in residential areas.

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nattykingApr. 5, 10 6:30 AM

Please. They are hemmed in by a cemetery on the north, St. Bart's owned land on the east, fire department across the street to the south, and residential across the street to the west. There is no parking lot, all parking is on-street. Handicapped access is limited at best, and only to the upper level. Staying there is an unworkable situation and has been for years. The proposed site is along the freeway and will help buffer the residential neighborhood from the freeway. Some development will be coming along the freeway; how can it not? It's a freeway! Better a church than a car dealership (like the one directly across the freeway.)

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scottyhomerApr. 5, 1011:28 AM

Then who knows, an eating disorder clinic might want to open, or a facility for alzheimers patients. Heaven forbid anything like a church expanding in Wayzata! NIMBY's seem to be everywhere. As for the zoning, nothing I know of is more residential than a church.

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SeaSharkApr. 5, 1012:08 PM

The city of Wayzata's decision to deny the church a zoning variance is good public policy. The city's zoning laws are cleary written, consistently and fairly applied, serve a legitimate public purpose, and do not place an unreasonable limit on houses of worship as defined by federal law. The church's contention that "most cities" allow churches in residential areas is irrelevant; Wayzata has the legal right to determine how much land within the city's 3 square miles is zoned for institutional uses, and can designate one specific section of the city for that purpose. I encourage city manager Allan Orsen and city attorney George Hoff to amend the city's response to the church's frivolous lawsuit and seek all attorney's fees and court costs plus compensatory and punitive damages, which will punish the church for filing an abusive whiner lawsuit and should deter other institutional entities from engaging in abuse of the legal process to attempt encroaching into Wayzata's residential neighborhoods. The church should keep looking for property in the western suburbs that meets its needs and is zoned for that purpose.

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tiredbikerApr. 5, 10 3:43 PM

make it Christian. It is a cult. Check out a much recognized book entitled "The Kingdom of the Cults", by Dr. Walter Martin who held four earned degrees, a doctorate from California Coast University in the field of Comparative Religions. He is nationally known as the "Bible Answer Man". Founder and director of the Christian Research Institute located in Irvine, California. If the Unitarians don't have room in Wayzata, then they can move to a different city who has different zoning laws. Before you say, ahh, it's just a church, it is not.

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tiredbikerApr. 5, 10 3:49 PM

are refused membership in the Association of Evangelicals, denied status as a Christian denomination by conservative Protestants, Catholics and other Orthodox bodies. Unitarian and Christian are mutually exclusive of each other, their histories and theologies combined. Over and out.

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kastawayApr. 5, 10 7:53 PM

Well it must be good. No one get's a variance/zoning change like this. It is not a NIMBY thing, but in the wake of Emily, they will try to ram it through. I hope Wayzata can recover it's court costs from these whack jobs. While I'm at it, we should initiate a bible tax. And if you think ANY church is not-for-profit, you are crazy.

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oftencorrectApr. 6, 10 2:51 PM

Right, guess you have to be a big business in order to get land rezoned in the metro area.

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corprinApr. 6, 10 5:17 PM

Can the Bloomington planners zone out the 5 different churches within 1mi of my home? This way I don't have to deal with any more verbal or written propaganda at my front door week after week. Keep churches and other money-making schemes out of residential areas!

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essays93Apr. 7, 10 1:46 PM

So the city could approve high desity housing on that property. If I lived in the neighborhood, I'd prefer one church vs. a 100-unit apartment complex.

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mommakaApr. 8, 10 9:54 AM

Wow, You should be a developer. i never knew you could build a 100 unit appartment complex an an R-1 district!

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