ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Justice Department said it is investigating whether the city of Alpharetta violated federal law last year when it denied a zoning request last year from a mosque that is seeking to expand.
A Justice Department spokesman said Friday the agency is investigating whether the north Atlanta suburb violated a 2000 law designed to protect religious groups involved in land disputes when it rejected a request by the Islamic Center of North Georgia to expand its facility.
The city officials declined to comment on Friday.
The Alpharetta City Council voted 6-0 in May 2010 to reject plans by the center to tear down its worship house and construct two new buildings. The decision has prompted legal complaints from the Islamic Center and its supporters.