Ada County considers appeal of Meridian LDS temple on Wednesday

csewell@idahostatesman.comOctober 22, 2013 

An artist's rendering of the LDS temple to be built at 7345 N. Linder Road near Meridian.


The Ada County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday evening will consider an appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission's August approval of a three-story, 65,960-square-foot Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple near Meridian on Linder Road between Chinden Boulevard and the south channel of the Boise River.

The temple will be 167 feet wide on the main level and 69 feet tall; architectural elements and a spire extend its height to 120 feet.

In her appeal, Merrilee Morton, who has lived adjacent to the undeveloped 15-acre temple site for 31 years, states the temple's size, landscaping, noise, lighting and traffic are not compatible with the area's "rural residential setting."

"Building the Temple in its proposed location is akin to inserting Idaho Power's downtown (Boise) building into a rural setting in terms of height, width and mass," Morton stated.

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Ada County Courthouse main floor hearing room, 200 W. Front St. in Downtown Boise.

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