A town review of a Buddhist temple proposed in Buxton will likely continue next month.

Fred Farnham, Buxton code enforcement officer, said Tuesday a review by the Buxton Planning Board for a request by the Watt Samaki Cambodian Buddhist Temple is tentatively expected at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

The town had expected the temple request to be on the Planning Board agenda for Monday, Feb. 25. But, Farnham said, the town hadn’t received updated plans from the temple. Navan Leng, temple president, and Beth Sturtevant, a volunteer assisting the temple, didn’t return American Journal calls this week.

The temple is seeking permission to meet in its building at 128 Back Nippen Road. Three years ago, the temple bought the property, which includes a home where two Buddhist monks live and an attached building.

The property previously housed a printing business. The temple is seeking a conditional use permit in a rural, residential area, where churches are allowed.

The Planning Board reviewed the temple’s request and heard public comment in January and Feb. 11. Several neighbors aired concerns about increased traffic on the road and parking. The board has asked the temple to revise its parking lot and landscape plans.


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