The two sides expect six months of information gathering in the lawsuits the Church of Scientology filed against the city of Sandy Springs.

“Nothing is happening right now other than trading back and forth documents and depositions and that kind of thing,” said Woody Galloway of Dillard & Galloway LLC, who represents the church. “It’s sort of a quiet time.”

The Church of Scientology filed two lawsuits against Sandy Springs in January, one in federal court and one in state court, Galloway said. He said the case would proceed first in federal court.

The lawsuit claims that Sandy Springs discriminated against the church.

In December, Sandy Springs City Council permitted the church to relocate its Georgia headquarters from Dunwoody to the office building at 5395 Roswell Road. But Council prohibited the congregation from enclosing the basement parking garage for more square footage.

The rezoning was debated for most of 2009. More than 600 residents opposed the church’s application.

“We are very hopeful,” Galloway said.

Attorneys Doug Dillard and Andrea Jones of Dillard & Galloway LLC will be the primary litigators for the Church of Scientology, Galloway said.

Laurel Henderson of Henderson & Hundley PC will represent the city, Galloway said.

—Amy Wenk