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The Oakland Heights Baptist Church received approval on Thursday to rezone part of its property on Judson Road, but the church withdrew a more controversial request to rezone the property where the church is located.

The church had previously announced plans to move from its longtime home on Judson Road to 20 acres it purchased on George Richey Road. Churches can be located in any type of zoning district in Longview. The Church Building property is zoned office and single family, while the Family Living Center across the street was zoned office. The church has requested that both properties be rezoned to retail so that the properties can be marketed to as many potential buyers as possible when the church relocates.

On Thursday, Longview City Council gave final approval to change the zoning from Family Life Center to retail.

Planning and zoning and the commission previously decided not to recommend the rezoning for the property where the church building is located, after area residents raised concerns about traffic and what might be there when the church sold. The church has since withdrawn that zoning request.

The church’s pastor, the Reverend Michael Cook, did not immediately return a phone call on Friday.

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