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Norwalk Mosque Debate Delayed, Moved to Larger Venue

NORWALK, Conn. – A public hearing set for Wednesday to discuss a controversial plan for a mosque in a Norwalk neighborhood has been postponed.

Although the Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall community room as planned, the meeting will last about 30 seconds, according to Mike Greene, planning and zoning director. That's how long it will take for Chairman Joe Santo to convene the hearing and close it.

The meeting concerning the mosque planned for 127 Fillow St. was postponed to 7 p.m. April 18 because a large crowd is expected to attend. Concert Hall, which is much larger, was not available for this Wednesday but it is available April 18.

Originally, public comments were expected only at last week's meeting. When commissioners agreed that attorney Mark Grenier would present his argument against the mosque at the next hearing, many people left. The commissioners felt obligated to allow public comment at the following hearing.

Greene said zoning meetings that feature rebuttals such as Grenier's presentation do not draw as large of a crowd. But the next mosque meeting will likely attract as many people as the last one, which filled many seats in Concert Hall.

The 30-second meeting Wednesday is a procedural matter. As a meeting was scheduled and announced, the commission is required to hold it.

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