Property Law Keyed to Dukeminier
Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Yuba City v County of Sutter
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Guru Nanak is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the teachings and practices of the Sikh religion. In 2001, Guru Nanak attempted to obtain a conditional use permit (“CUP”) for the construction of a Sikh temple on its 1.89 acre property in Yuba City, which was designated for low density residential use (“R-1”). Churches and temples were only conditionally permitted in R-1 districts through an issuance of a CUP. They were denied based on citizens’ voiced fears that the resulting noise and traffic would interfere with the existing neighborhood. The organization then purchases a 28.8 acre lot in an agricultural zoned area that did not border anyone’s front or back yard. The organization was once again denied based on the “right to farm”.
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