Hilliard officials said they will continue working this month with the Noor Islamic Cultural Center and neighboring subdivisions to reach an agreement on a proposed 4,172-square-foot addition at the Wilcox Road center.

At the request of the applicant, members of the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 10 voted 5-0, with Jay Muether absent, to postpone the proposal until the commission's Sept. 14 session.

It was the fourth time the application was postponed but Aug. 10 was the first time the application was discussed.

City planner John Talentino recommended the commission approve the development plan with seven conditions, which included adding a third access point to the center's parking lot.

Deputy city engineer Letty Schamp said a study determined the addition would not create any traffic concerns.

But residents from Silverton Farms, a subdivision bordering the center, and the Vinings at Tuttle Crossing, across the street from the center, expressed concerns.

Ajmal Shamim, president of the Silverton Farms homeowners association, said residents are concerned the proposed new entry to the center's driveway would result in more vehicles passing through the subdivision.

Several opponents of the proposal said they were members of the cultural center.

City officials told Silverton Farms residents that after a new access point were added to the center's parking lot, fewer cars would park on surface streets and motorists would use Wilcox Road rather than the subdivision's streets.

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