Goldsboro Says A Proposed Mosque Too Large For Lot

Goldsboro's city council has rejected a rezoning request for a mosque proposed by a doctor because it's too large for the lot and there's not enough parking.

The council unanimously voted against a rezoning request for the project Monday night.

Dr. Waheed Akhtar said he wanted to build a two-thousand-square-foot mosque so he and other Muslims wouldn't have to drive to Greenville or Raleigh for worship. He said the building would be open a few hours on Fridays and Sundays.

City planners recommended against the mosque because the plan had 13 parking spaces and 31 were needed under city rules.

Council members said they didn't oppose a mosque, and one councilman says a mosque would be approved if it was located on a large enough parcel of land.