Planned Community to Include Hindu Temple

March 25, 2009

Author: Alan Levine

Source: ZWire

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a large planned community about seven miles southwest of Maricopa, despite some last-minute opposition from area residents.

A request for a zone change and overlay district by Sujatha and Suri Gunnala to develop the 892-lot Gunnala Farms on a 265-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Miller and Ralston roads had sailed through the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission without a hitch and received a unanimous recommendation for approval. Supervisor David Snider, in whose district the project is located, seemed a bit surprised at having recently received a few e-mails stating opposition to the development.

Two area residents appeared at the March 18 supervisors meeting to voice their opposition, mainly due to an increase in traffic, estimated at 1,400 more vehicles on Ralston Road. Other reasons were an additional burden on the local fire department, density issues and a question as to whether sales of homes would be restricted to people of the Hindu faith.

The latter concern was raised over the fact that a small portion of the property has been set aside for the construction of a Hindu temple. Services are currently being held in a temporary structure. Snider quickly put that concern to rest by pointing out that federal law prohibits any kind of discrimination in home sales and rentals.