Jurors Deliberate Church's Zoning Lawsuit

DENVER (AP) - Jurors are deliberating a lawsuit accusing county officials of discriminating against a Colorado church and violating
its right to practice religion by refusing to approve a planned expansion.

Rocky Mountain Christian Church filed suit in federal court after Boulder County commissioners denied the church a permit in February 2006 to expand on 54 acres of private land northeast of Boulder.

Commissioners said the expansion would be an over-intensive use
of the property and was not in harmony with surrounding areas.

Jurors started deliberations Tuesday after two weeks of testimony.

The church would also expand into an agricultural buffer zone
established decades ago meant to separate urbanized and rural areas.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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