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First Presidency Statement Issued on Tooele Valley Utah Temple Project

This afternoon, the First Presidency issued the following statement regarding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple: "We acknowledge the efforts of those who have raised questions and sincere concerns about the Tooele Valley Temple project, including the residential development surrounding the temple. There is a sincere desire on the part of the Church to avoid discord in the community. Therefore, regardless of the outcome of a pending signature-gathering effort, we have determined to withdraw our rezoning request for the residential portion of the temple project. We look forward to working with local officials and community members to determine next steps to move forward with the construction of the temple. We hope those from all viewpoints on this matter will treat one another with kindness, civility, and Christlike love."

Repeal of Rezoning Sought for Residential Development in Erda

Over 1,600 of the required 2,445 signatures have been gathered and verified on petitions for a referendum to repeal the rezoning approved by Tooele County commissioners for the subdivision proposed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple and a surrounding higher-density planned community. Petition sponsors emphasize that they are not against the temple but that they would like to retain the low-density one-acre zoning. If enough signatures are gathered, however, it could delay construction for at least a year since June 2021 is the earliest time that the rezoning could be placed on a ballot. The outcome of that vote could ultimately alter plans for the temple and the surrounding development.

Groundbreaking Committee Formed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

A groundbreaking committee that has been organized for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple is preparing for a ceremony at the end of August, but a referendum by Tooele County residents could delay the service or even alter plans for the temple according to Church officials interviewed by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. If enough signatures are gathered to place the rezoning for the temple development on a ballot, the groundbreaking will be delayed for certain. The outcome of that potential vote could ultimately alter construction plans.

Renderings Released for Planned Residential Community in Tooele Valley

Renderings have been released ahead of a public hearing by the Tooele County Planning Commission where an application to rezone the 167 acres surrounding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be considered. Residential development is proposed for the area including single-family homes, 55+ active adult communities, and large open spaces. "We are committed to developing a vibrant neighborhood where people of different ages and income levels will enjoy living within walking distance of the temple. The temple’s timeless architecture and manicured grounds will be a beautiful, enduring central feature of the community for all who will live there, regardless of religious affiliation," said Ashley Powell, managing director of Investment Properties.

Interior Renderings of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple Released

The interior design planned for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been revealed in a series of renderings showing a sealing room, the Celestial Room, an endowment room, the baptistry, and the recommend desk. "These beautiful renderings depict the care and attention to detail that will go into the construction of this house of the Lord," said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. "We believe this will be a place where Latter-day Saints in the Tooele Valley and beyond can go to obtain peace and divine direction in their lives."

Concept Plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

A concept plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been submitted with a rezoning application for the 167 acres of Church-owned property in Erda, Utah, where the temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed. Several housing developments and open spaces have been proposed for the property surrounding the temple grounds. The temple is anticipated to be similar in size and dimensions to the Pocatello Idaho Temple. A question-and-answer meeting was recently held with Tooele-area priesthood leaders and representatives from Church headquarters. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled, but it may be held as early as this fall.

Tooele Valley Utah Temple to Be Constructed in Erda

The location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been officially announced as northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in the community of Erda. The temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet with an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse. Once detailed plans have been finalized, interior and exterior renderings will be released. Project leaders will soon begin work with government officials and will submit public documents in the coming months. No groundbreaking date has been announced.