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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:30 am

A proposal to spend $25,000 to study industrial zoning in Manassas failed on its first vote at a recent city council meeting.

But the council will consider the motion again at a meeting in June.

At its May 20 meeting, the council voted 3-1 to spend $25,000 from the fiscal 2013 general fund on the study. The motion failed because four affirmative votes are needed to pass an item affecting the budget.

Council members Andrew Harrover, Jonathan Way and Stephen Randolph voted in favor of the proposal. Marc Aveni voted against it, and Ian Lovejoy and Mark Wolfe were absent from the meeting.

The proposal to study industrial zoning in the city stemmed from a request from the Manassas Muslim Association, which is seeking to build a community center on Euclid Avenue, an area currently zoned for industrial uses, according to city documents.

The group asked the city to consider amending the industrial zoning rules in a way that would allow it to apply for a special use permit to open a religious institution in what is now an area zoned for industry.

On March 11, the city council asked staff to “study the purposes, goals and uses permitted both by-right and by special use permit” in the industrial zoning areas, according to city documents.

City staff solicited proposals from outside companies to conduct the study and recommended that the city award a $25,000 contract to Berkley Group, LLC.

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