Can a Neighborhood Have Too Many Churches? Sacramento Group Says New House of Worship is One Too Many

Two Sacramento, CA, neighborhood groups are opposing a church’s plans to operate in their area claiming that they already have enough churches.

One resident, Jane Macaulay, told CBS Sacramento, “We have an over-concentration of churches right now. I’m not opposed to churches; it’s just the over-concentration.” Macauley serves as president of the neighborhood association, Woodlake Neighbors Creating Transparency.

Macauley is appealing to the city to deny a permit for a building to operate as a church, citing as her reason that the neighborhood already has 18 churches in it. Instead, she would like to see a restaurant or store open up in the available space. Macauley says her area “seems to be a sort of mecca for churches.”

The staff of Sacramento City is recommending that the permit for the church be approved. The issue will be put to a vote by the planning commission next week.

–Gregory Leo

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