August 10, 2011
Shravan Shukla Dwadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5113
The Chino Hills City Council on Tuesday night approved a development code amendment for a Hindu religious center on Fairfield Ranch Road near the 71 Freeway.
The council gave the OK for the centerpiece of the complex, a 10,000-square-foot temple, or mandir – the term for a Hindu place of worship and prayer – to be 78 feet tall.
The main obstacle that the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanastha Hindu community of Chino Hills has dealt with in recent years in building the temple was the city construction height limit of 42 feet for the high-density residential zone where the temple would be located.
More than 200 people gave the council a standing ovation after the vote.
Most of the buildings at the Hindu temple, built by the BAPS community in Chino Hills, have been completed since construction started in 2006.
Nearby buildings include a large exhibition hall, classrooms and an auditorium.