KQED's Stephanie Martin reports that the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied appeals of the Planning Commission's approval of a planned 66,000-square-foot complex by Sufism Reoriented in a quiet residential area just outside Walnut Creek.
Some minor language changes were made to clarify aspects of the parking code, Martin says.
Supporters gave the board a standing ovation after the vote.
"This is probably one of the happiest days of my life,” said sanctuary project director Bob Carpenter. “We appreciate the work the board did on it. And while it took a long, long time and there were frustrating moments, they did an excellent job.”
Patricia Perry, a member of the Saranap Homeowners Organization, wasn't so sanguine. “I know that some people are considering litigation. I can’t say what will go forward and what won’t, but I can speak for myself: You can be absolutely sure that these applicants will adhere to what they promised the county."