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The neighborhood is zoned only for residential use, so the city says that every time the church and its guests park in the neighborhood they violate the city’s zoning laws. The city also said it regularly received complaints about traffic and not enough parking, according to Long Room News.
“Our goal is to balance neighborhood concerns with our zoning laws, and to find a solution that works for everybody. We are asking the Church to apply for appropriate permits where possible, and to help relocate those activities that aren’t allowed in residential neighborhoods,” the city said in a statement.
The First Baptist Church did not reply to the DCNF’s request for comment in time for publication.