On May 24th, Rutherford County Planning Commission unanimously approves the plan for construction on the new building in May. County law does not require public hearings on religious construction projects and, therefore, takes a legal use- by- right approach. At this time, several other local religious buildings had been approved in a similar manner, including ICM’s neighboring Grace Baptist Church.
*Federal and state laws make it extremely difficult for local government bodies to deny building permits for religious institutions. * Additionally, no opponent of ICM was present during the meeting, however, business reporter with the DNJ Doug Davis attended.