Tooele Valley Utah Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location officially announced; exterior rendering released; rezoning request for residential portion of development to be withdrawn; signatures gathered for a possible referendum of the development (until rezoning is officially withdrawn); groundbreaking not announced
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Announcement:7 April 2019
Exterior Finish:Cast stone
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower
Ordinance Rooms:Four ordinance rooms (stationary) and four sealing
Total Floor Area:70,000 square feet
On May 6, 2020, the Tooele County Planning Commission voted to approve a recommendation to the County Commission to rezone 167 acres surrounding the site of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple from RR-1 to a planned community zone. The vote followed an hour-long public hearing with over 12,700 online participants and 670 emails. Of those emails, approximately 93 percent were in support of the temple, the housing development, or both. Those who expressed concerns remarked on the high density of the proposed development and the impact it could have on the low-density rural community of Erda. The community plan includes 32 acres of open space, walking trails, and parks; a pioneer cemetery and farmers' market; and 446 housing units of various sizes and styles surrounding the temple and meetinghouse site.
The Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet. Plans also call for the construction of an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse. The exterior of the temple will be clad in cast stone with copper shingles. Inspiration for the architectural details was drawn from nearby historic tabernacles. Several flowers native to the Tooele Valley will be featured in the art glass and throughout interior and exterior including cliffrose and silvery lupine.1
On April 7, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple was released. Additional exterior and interior renderings will be made public later.
On September 25, 2019, the location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed in the community of Erda, northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36. Erda offers a central location to residents in the Tooele Valley.2
Utah's twenty-first temple was announced for Tooele Valley on April 7, 2019, at the Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson. There are eleven stakes organized in the valley with stake centers located in the communities of Tooele, Stansbury Park, Grantsville, and Erda. In recent years, Church membership has grown steadily in the county with members driving over 30 miles to participate in temple worship at the Salt Lake Temple.3
The Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be the twenty-first temple built in Utah and the first built in Tooele County.
- "Interior Renderings Released for Tooele Valley Utah Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 28 Apr. 2020.
- "Tooele Valley Utah Temple Site Announced," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 25 Sept. 2019
- "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Apr. 2019.