Neighbors take issue with proposed Mormon temple

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - A Mormon temple is a source of controversy in neighborhoods near its proposed Linder Road location. Neighbors take issue with how large the temple would be and how close it would be to their properties.

Parts of the 66,000-square-foot building would rise 120 feet above the ground.

"It will be jetting up into the sky, so we'll definitely be seeing it," said Joyce Cutbirth of Meridian. "Everybody else will be seeing it too."

The Cutbirths live about a quarter mile from the proposed site.

"But people who live immediately adjacent to it, it would impact them in ways I could not even imagine," David Cutbirth said. "It would just be having essentially a skyscraper right adjacent to your property, and your view is completely gone."

Merrilee Morton filed an appeal in an attempt to block the temple from being built adjacent to her property. In her letter to Ada County Commissioners, she said she'd be "adversely affected by the height, bulk and mass of the exceptionally large proposed project."

A member of the public affairs team for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said no one was available for comment Sunday.

There are four other LDS temples in Idaho. Idaho Falls was the first in 1945. Others were later built in Boise, Rexburg and Twin Falls.

"A lot of these people in here, they may just move," Joyce Cutbirth said. "They may say, 'You know what, I'm not going to deal with that,' so they're going to move."

The public hearing is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. The "staff recommendation" to county commissioners is a denial of the appeal, meaning the temple would get the green light.