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Frederick County blocks big Korean-American church plan

FREDERICK — The Frederick County Planning Commission has rejected plans for a large, Korean-American Baptist church on rural land near Sugarloaf Mountain.

Panel members denied the project on a 6-1 vote Wednesday after questioning whether a planned well and septic system were enough for the nearly 1,200-seat Global Mission Church, its 60 meeting rooms and 500-seat dining hall.

An attorney for the Silver Spring-based church is calling the decision unreasonable.

The church could appeal to the county’s zoning appeals board.

Attorney David Severn also says he’s concerned about commission chairwoman Catherine Forrence’s comment that the county should consider limiting the size and scope of places of worship on agricultural land.