Sandy Springs City Council Revisits Scientology Issue, Tuesday

Given recent news headlines, the Sandy Springs City Council meeting should be interesting. See our poll results on zoning for the church.


Scientology was a hot topic in Sandy Springs last month, but who knew a month ago that by now it would rival the Supreme Court’s health care ruling in conversation? Perhaps Katie Holmes.

Given recent news headlines, this week's City Council meeting should be interesting. Council members are scheduled to vote on zoning modification for a Church of Scientology office building at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road. The vote was delayed from the last meeting, in June, when many residents in attendance urged Council members not to approve the modification, which is about parking spaces for the building that would be converted to a church.

The City Council meeting is held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, building 500.

Several Patch readers have commented on the issue and voted in our poll. Take a look at the results below and cast your vote.

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Adrianne Murchison (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Respondents in our poll appear to have concerns beyond traffic. Take a look.
Joe July 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Having the Scientologists in the building cannot be any better or worse for traffic than having it occupied by someone else. Unless the city council's idea to fix traffic there is to mandate that all buildings stay vacant? It could look like Sandy Springs (as a city) has something against them personally. 52% of the poll were "not comfortable" with the Scientologists. I don't like the intolerant connotation. How many of them would be "not comfortable" with a black church?
Adrianne Murchison (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Good point, Joe. There's no question that we are living in a time where people are exploring their faith in different ways. On "CBS This Morning," today, Deepak Chopra used a term "cultural creators," who he said is the fastest growing segment of the American population. He said this group is looking for a more holistic, integrated way to look at the world, i.e. less division.
Jan R July 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Joe - the difference is that the church wants to remove the basement parking lot and convert it to usable space. Presumably, another use would not do that, meaning that there would be fewer people in the building.
Joe July 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
It still seems like a lot of hubub over parking at one building. How much has all this legal wrangling and circus cost? Enough to fix the intersection in the first place? At best its a distraction from the real issue. I don't think the right answer to traffic is to reduce economic activity in the area. I presume more people going to their church means more people eating and spending money in the area. Would we rather that building stay empty and that money go somewhere else? We need a pro growth plan that deals with the traffic and does not make organizations and companies feel unwelcome in Sandy Springs.
choocho July 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Scientology, your cult, does not really promote any growth since it pays it's staff members $50 a week and pays no taxes.
choocho July 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Zero percent would probably be uncomfortable with a black church, 52% seems low for an organization like Scientology that has a documented history of destroying lives and families.


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