Planners In Kansas City Suburb Approve Islamic Center Plan

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Planning commissioners in a Kansas City suburb approved a proposal for a new Islamic center that could serve as a centralized location for Muslims in Missouri and Kansas.

The Overland Park Planning Commission gave preliminary approval Monday to the Islamic Center of Kansas’ plan to build a roughly 111,000-square-foot (10,300-square-meter) religious facility. The move came after hundreds of residents petitioned for the proposal to be delayed or dismissed.

The center’s plans include a mosque, school, day care and banquet hall.

Neighbors say the size and scope of the Islamic center make it a bad fit for the area. Many expressed concerns about noise, traffic and the impact on wildlife and the area’s green space.

Residents could file a protest petition within two weeks.