After adding a series of conditions to address concerns of neighbors, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Wednesday afternoon to approve a large, white domed sanctuary for the Sufism Reoriented congregation in Saranap.
Residents in the narrow strip between Lafayette and Walnut Creek had expressed concern the project would alter the look and feel of their neighborhood and possibly contibute to an increase in traffic.
"I'm as happy as I could be," said Bob Carpenter, project coordinator for the 350-member Sufi congregation, reflecting on four years of efforts to win approval. The conditions were fine, Carpenter said: "They were wise to think about them and put them in."
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