Scientology's appeal on rehab zoning fight in Maryland to be heard today - 2016-01-04
If you've been following along with our coverage, you know that Scientology's property front, Social Betterment Properties International (SBPI), has been trying a creative sidestep past local zoning rules to put a new Narconon drug rehab clinic in that county after it purchased an aging fishing camp named Trout Run for $4.85 million. Scientology had learned that if SBPI could get the fish camp put on the county's list of historic places, then it could get a zoning exception that would allow it to renovate the camp and open it as a rehab.
But Scientology's stealthy plan was uncovered, and the county council heard from opponents who didn't want Scientology's plan to succeed. On June 2, the county council, in a 6-1 vote, turned down the request to put Trout Run on the historic list, saying that it really didn't qualify as a historic place, even if President Herbert Hoover had reportedly once angled there, and the location had stood in for Camp David for some scenes in the television series The West Wing.