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Post 328107 posted on 31-3-2008 at 14:07
The first part of the article mentioned the zoning problem has to do with areas "earmarked for employment." Would that be the equivalent of areas
in American towns zoned "commercial"? Churches certainly do employ people.
I know of a church that was unwelcome in its neighborhood because, as the church grew larger and had more activities, the people in the area
complained about the traffic.
In the US, some people complain because they want someone using the locations who will contribute to the property tax revenues.
The zoning restrictions tend to drive churches to the outskirts of towns that are expanding. For the past several decades, it has been rare to see a
new church among residences, where neighborhood children could walk to Sunday School or Vacation Bible School or to practice in the children's choir.
Instead, they need to drive to the edge of town, as if they were going to a new strip mall.