When the new Temple's site plan was approved, we knew there was a possibility that it would be appealed. An appeal has indeed been made. Fortunately, that appeal doesn't pertain to our right to build or the layout of our site. Rather, the appeal concerns legal use types, including "religious use" and "accessory use."
Toledo municipal law provides that both “religious assembly” and “accessory uses” to religious assembly are permitted by right on the property. The appeal argues that many of our current uses do not qualify either as “religious assembly” or “accessory uses.” However, churches and other houses of worship throughout the City of Toledo have not been constrained in this way and regularly engage in both types of use to serve and bring together their respective communities (i.e., knitting groups, workshops, recovery meetings, social dances, baking groups, exercise classes). Both types of use should also be permitted at the new Temple building. The discussion at the July 17th meeting will focus on legal definitions of use types and the rights of religious organizations.
To show our support for the new building, Temple members and friends are encouraged to attend the July 17 Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting of City Council, beginning at 4pm in City Council Chambers of One Government Center.
At that meeting, we'll have opportunities to practice patience, compassionate listening, and generosity of our time and energy. For more information on the logistics of that meeting, check out the main support page.