many church denominations are international organizations with operations in the United States and other countries; (3) How the fact that MMHT would rely on dues or donations for operational expenses distinguishes it as a community service use rather than a religious institution since most churches, synagogues and mosques rely on dues, donations or tithes for their operations expenses; (4) How the fact that MMHT would have “Helpers” temporarily reside at the center MMHT’s distinguishes it as a community service use rather than a religious institution since many churches have leaders residing in a parsonage or manse adjacent to their place of worship; (5) How the fact that MMHT has a sign on the Property distinguishes it as a community service use rather than a religious institution since almost every church, synagogue and mosque have signs on their property which describe or symbolize who they are and what they believe (a cross is a common example). Further, the stonework on the Property is not an advertisement, since MMHT is not selling anything. Rather, the stonework describes and symbolizes who MMHT is and what they believe: It has the word “MAUM” on one side and stick figure of a family—man, woman, child—on the other. (See photographs ¶ 42 above). The stonework represents the belief in Maum that we are all one; that we are the same. 57.
On November 28, 2012, Mr. Sung informed Eric Waggoner, Director of the
Department of Planning, Building and Development for Lake County, and Pat Tierney, Principal Planner/Project Manager for the Department of Planning, Building and Development for Lake County, that Maum Meditation was a religious practice and therefore should be classified as a religious institution under the UDO. (Ex. B, ¶ 24). Mr. Sung explained that the UDO provides that a religious institution is permitted in the Estate (E) zone as a permitted use and did not require any approval by the County. Mr. Waggoner and Mr. Tierney told Mr. Sung that Lake County would reassess its decision and respond in a few days. (Ex. B, ¶ 25). 58.
That same day, Pat Tierney told Mr. Sung that he should hold a neighborhood
meeting to inform neighbors around his Property of his intentions. (Ex. B, ¶ 26).
Published on Jun 17, 2013
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