Explain your vote, judge tells Maryland county that denied Scientology rehab - 2016-01-15
(Judge William R. Nicklas Jr., photo source)
We were out on the road all day yesterday and so missed some of the drama happening down in Frederick County, Maryland. Our regular readers know that we've been following the action as Scientology struggles to put in a new drug rehab "Narconon" center there with a cute maneuver involving an aging fish camp and some complex local zoning rules.
A couple of years ago, Scientology, through its real estate arm, Social Betterment Properties International, plunked down $4.85 million on a parcel of land that included the lodge for a fish camp. The property, known as Trout Run, had once stood in for Camp David in scenes for The West Wing. Scientology had learned that although the current zoning didn't allow a rehab center, if it could get the parcel put on the county's register of historic places, it would qualify for a zoning exception that would allow renovation of the place for a 20-bed Narconon center.