PARKING JIHAD: New Jersey mosque wants to be considered a church re: required parking spots

us-home-to-74-more-mosques-since-2000The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge says it should be held to the same standards as any other religious group looking to build a house of worship in town. But a memo from Bernards Township officials says that way of thinking is “misguided.”

NJ.com (h/t Bo Perrin)  The Islamic Society hopes to build a 4,250-square-foot mosque in place of a 1950s-style ranch currently situated on a 4.3-acre property at 124 Church St.

Current residential property that Muslims want to turn into a mosque

Current residential property that Muslims want to turn into a mosque

As part of its plan, the society proposes building 50 parking spaces for the mosque, which its lawyer says is the adequate amount under the town ordinance specifying off-street parking requirements for churches.

The town’s parking ordinance suggests one parking space should suffice for every three seats in a church, but it does not specify parking standards for other religious institutions. So the town is now asking the Islamic Society to build 110 parking spaces for the mosque.

Proposed mosque will have two 35′ towering minarets that shout ‘BEWARE! Sharia has entered the neighborhood”

Proposed mosque will have two 35′ towering minarets that shout ‘BEWARE! Sharia has entered the neighborhood”

The planning board says it has a right to determine on a case-by-case basis what the proper standards are for adequate parking for buildings around town, and that mosques specifically draw very different traffic patterns than churches, and should be guided by separate statistics.

In a Jan. 3 memo to the planning board, board attorney Jonathan Drill and board planner David Banisch suggest, “while a mosque use is similar to a church use in that both are houses of worship, there are differences between them in terms of parking generation as evidenced by the data reported” in the fourth edition Institute of Transportation Engineers’ “Parking Generation” manual, which was updated in 2010 to address parking standards specifically for mosques and synagogues.

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“Churches should no longer apply to synagogues and mosques, each of which generates its own distinctive traffic patters and numbers so each of which should now have its own distinctive parking requirements,” the memo states, quoting the ITE guide.

The attorney for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge previously accused the planning board of ignoring its own zoning ordinance and is “making it up as they go along” when it comes to approving parking requirements in its application.

“I am shocked that they are not using the standards set forth in the (town) ordinance,” said Vincent T. Bisogno, attorney for the mosque, who says the mosque should be held to the same standards as churches. With an anticipated congregation of 150, Bisogno said, the mosque should be required to provide 50 spaces. (150 this week, next month 450)

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Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli, director of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey in South Brunswick, said his mosque only holds festivals that draw crowds exceeding 10 to 15 individuals about twice a year — and when that happens, the mosque prepares by hiring an outside bus service or encouraging worshipers to carpool.

Generally, though, he said most people are tired after work, that despite having a large congregation, usually only 10 to 15 people show up for prayers.

Neighbor of mosque put up this clever sign.

Neighbor of mosque put up this clever sign.

 

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10 comments on “PARKING JIHAD: New Jersey mosque wants to be considered a church re: required parking spots

  1. The ISBR has fired their old attorney and is now using Rober Raymar, a Yale Law classmate of and fundraiser for the Clintons. At this point, the board has required they provide 107 spots. Hearings are winding down.

  2. they only have 2 festivals a year in which thousands of animals are brutally slaughtered and they want to BUS IN WORSHIPERS which will cause a stink the will be smelled for miles

  3. Churches are the total OPPOSITE of mosques! Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan explained the function of mosques:

    “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”

    Mosques are for WAR!

  4. New Jersey mosque wants to be considered a church? Mosques are the complete OPPOSITE of a church!

    MUSLIMS CALL THEIR MILITARY COMMAND CENTERS, MOSQUES:

    http://www.wnd.com
    40,000 Iran agents in Western Hemisphere
    Now hidden in Latin America, awaiting ‘operations’ against U.S.
    “We must get ready for global operation. … Our fellow fighters are present in all five continents of the world. … An international jihad must be provoked; we must fear no one.”

    The Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence division runs operations out of mosques.

    Those operations include recruitment, reconnaissance and transfer of arms and cash.

    This source also verified then that all Imam Ali Mosques are controlled by regime intelligence operatives and that the cells are well placed in Europe and America for terrorist acts…
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/army-of-iran-sadists-poised-for-u-s-invasion/

  5. It would appear that the U.S. administration plans to go to war against its own peaceful, law-abiding citizens. This is all for domestic use inside America. First it was bullets. Now it’s light-armored tanks:

    thegatewaypundit: Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile

    According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

    DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP).
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/

  6. I remember this controversy when it first happened. I live not far from the mosque in question. Wonder if the homeowner ever got the lighting issue solved.
    Sure, 50 parking spaces and if that is not enough, the muslimes will park on the street, blocking cars from being able to manuver down the street. They will also park partially on your lawn. After all, the muslimes are special and the laws and rules that other people have to follow, don’t pertain to them.
    I hope there is a group of people who will take up the cause and make sure the muslimes are not granted any special privileges.
    Have tow trucks on stand by to tow any muslimes car that is parked illegally.

  7. The mosque’s traffic “expert” deliberately misled the town by using old traffic standards which equate a mosque’s traffic with a church.

    Mosques typically bring in car per person (usually a single male), whereas churches/synagogues generally bring families and multiple people per car.

    The most recent traffic standards show this clearly, and legitimately call for a higher parking ratio for mosques.

    Their traffic engineer knew this, and tried to pull a fast one on the town by using the old standards.

    Muslim “taqiyah” at work again…

    • K, you are right on. Most cars, carrying people to a church are carrying a family of 3 or 4 people. The muslims cars are basically one muslim male per car and as such require 4 times the number of normal parking spaces. These inbred savages, think that they are special and as such, can park anywhere they please when they are in their cult prayers. Push back or give up your communities. Your choice.

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