One of the largest mosques in the country got approval Wednesday to build a satellite facility in western Prince William County, despite residents' concerns about traffic.
The Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously early Wednesday to approve construction of a mosque in Nokesville, Virginia, by the All Dulles Area Muslims Society.
The ADAMS Center operates a well-known mosque in Sterling, Virginia. The Nokesville facility, first proposed in 2014, will be more than 22,000 square feet and accommodate 500 people in its prayer hall.
The site about 40 miles from D.C. will be at Vint Hill Road and Schaeffer Lane, near Cedar Point Elementary School.
The approval came after an eight-hour public meeting in which Nokesville-area residents expressed opposition, citing the county plan that emphasizes preserving the rural nature of the county's western crescent.
The supervisors also will allow the mosque to connect to the county sewer system.