Norwalk mosque dispute prompts US Justice agency involvement

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NORWALK–After a lengthy dispute over plans for a mosque, the city of Norwalk has been asked by the Department of Justice to review regulations related to religious institutions.

Corporation Counsel Mario F. Coppola told The Hour about the federal agency’s request and that city officials may make unspecified changes to its regulations.

He said the communication from the Department of Justice was initially an investigation.

Commissioners emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday night without taking any action.

Last September, the Common Council approved a settlement that ended a lawsuit brought by Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk after zoning commissioners rejected plans for a mosque and multipurpose hall.

Dena W. Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said Wednesday an investigation remains open.