The yellow SaveOurSaranap signs are sprouting on the lawns lining the winding streets of the residential neighborhood in unincorporated Walnut Creek.
That hearing is Tuesday, Feb. 21, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To accommodate the number of expected attendees, the county Board of Supervisors has moved the meeting to the Hoffman Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts, at Civic Drive and Locust Street.
Local freelance writer Wendy Lack has written a detailed look at Sufism and the controversy in Saranap, posted on the Halfway to Concord blog.
The church has been meeting in a temporary sanctuary for decades, according to the Sufi Reoriented website, and the new design will be one of the greenest buildings in Contra Costa County.
The Saranap Preservation Society has an online petition opposing the project.