Despite setback, church’s pastor says he’ll continue push to build village near Clay County caves

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February 07 2021 05:30 pm
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LIBERTY, Mo. -- A church`s plan to build a village near some caves in Excelsior Springs has hit a snag. Dozens of people showed up to speak against the project during a planning and zoning commission meeting Tuesday night in Liberty.

The county planning and zoning commission voted to for denial, but it`s not the final say.

The Church of Liberty wanted the county to rezone land, to allow for what they call a tiny village of eco-friendly house, so they can live and worship together.

Others in the community have raised concerns about safety, traffic, and the environment. An attorney representing four families who opposed the plan says the group doesn`t meet land use, water and sewage, nor fire protection requirements.

However, the church`s senior pastor says he`ll continue to fight no matter what.

"There is a religious land use, persons act and the justice department told us months ago that if we go through the process and get denied then we`ll come and fight for on a religious land use basis because they are discriminating against the church," said Doug Perry.

FOX 4 tried to get reaction from the attorney representing the four families who don`t oppose the plan, and he declined to comment at this time. The matter goes before the Clay County Commission February 22, which should have the final say.

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