The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is proceeding with plans to build a temple in Erda, but Church officials say a referendum may delay or ultimately alter plans for the temple.
The Corporation of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church submitted a conditional use permit application to the County for the temple on June 5.
On the application the Church states that they are requesting “a conditional permit be issued for construction of the temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as uses permitted under the new P-C zone,” according to a copy of the permit application obtained by the Transcript Bulletin from Tooele County through a Government Records Access and Management Act request.
The permit application includes a site plan and technical drawings for the temple site including a meeting house.
The Church has organized a Tooele Valley Temple groundbreaking committee with Richard Droubay, Tooele resident and former president of the Tooele Utah South Stake, as chairman.
“We are preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony proposed for the end of August,” Droubay said.
If enough signatures are gathered to put the rezone for the temple development on the ballot the groundbreaking will definitely be postponed, Droubay said.
Depending on the signatures gathered and the outcome of the referendum, Church officials have told Droubay that “the referendum may ultimately alter the construction of the temple,” he said.
“The Church wants the housing development around the temple at the average density of 2.6 residences per acre to support the utility infrastructure for the temple and provide a secure and protective environment for the temple that will be a quality community for years into the future,” Droubay said.
Droubay doesn’t feel the proposed 2.6 residences per acre is too high of a density for the area around the temple.
“With 23 acres of open space there has never been anything like this in Tooele County,” he said. “This will be a quality development and a quality community … well managed and well maintained.”
Tooele County’s planning staff expects their review of the conditional use permit application to be ready for review by the County Planning Commission in August.