The approval allows Dar-us-Salaam to establish a campus on the 66-acre former Woodmont Academy site with 275,300 square feet of building space including a 56,000 square foot masjid, elementary, middle, and high schools, a daycare, two gymnasiums, and two indoor pools.
The decision by the Howard County Zoning Hearing Examiner comes after the Department of Planning and Zoning issued a Technical Staff Report strongly recommending approval of Dar-us-Salaam’s campus plan, and three public hearings in March and April where neighbors expressed their concerns about the impact Dar-us-Salaam’s proposed campus plan could have on the rural character of Western Howard County. The Hearing Examiner noted all the concerns including traffic, noise, and disturbances from lights and deliberated for over a month before issuing her decision.
The decision can be appealed within the next 30 days. If an appeal is filed, the Howard County Board of Appeals will rehear the case from the beginning and render a final decision, a process which would take 6-9 months.
All of us have been working hard to establish the “Home of the Heart” campus for our growing community and future generations, and this week’s decision takes us much closer to the finish line. We still need to raise the $8 million purchase price by this summer, so please do not slow down your dua’s to Allah, and your personal fundraising efforts. As we can see, Allah helps those who help His Cause.