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MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bullitt County Board of Zoning Adjustment rejected a permit for an Islamic cemetery near Mt. Washington.
More than 125 concerned neighbors attended the meeting about the permit Thursday evening and cheered after the vote. One board member said the cemetery would not fit into "harmony" in the neighborhood, one of the conditions required for the permit.
One organizer of the neighbors, Ron Boss, said they were pleased and were still together as "one community."
Representatives of the Louisville Islamic Center, which asked for the permit for the cemetery, said they were "disappointed" after the vote, but would not say what their next move might be.
Boss lives right next to 10.5 acres of land for sale on Hubbard Lane in Mt. Washington.
He says, "I wouldn't mind anybody wanting to buy it, but I just don't want a cemetery here."
Neighbors said the road is too narrow, feared vandalism and declining property values, and worried about potential ground water pollution, since bodies would not have been encased in caskets or vaults.