UTAH

Housing development around the future Tooele Valley temple getting opposition

Jul 31, 2020, 6:22 PM
A proposed high-density housing development around the new Tooele Valley Temple is causing controversy in Erda and beyond. (Photo: KSL-TV)
(Photo: KSL-TV)

ERDA, Utah – News of the construction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s new Tooele Valley Temple was warmly greeted by the rural community of Erda. The high-density housing development that could be built around it, however, is getting push back. 

The Tooele County Commission voted in June to rezone the area to allow a housing development featuring 446 homes. 

That triggered some Erda residents to start a petition to force a referendum on the project. 

Monica Kennedy says it’s not just people in Erda who are opposing the project. 

“We do have to collect signatures from the entire county…It’s not just an Erda problem. This is going to be on the main road that leads to Tooele, and it affects Stansbury Park. A lot of the people who are messaging and asking to sign, they don’t live in Erda. They’re from the surrounding neighborhoods,” Kennedy said. 

Many of the people who support a referendum are concerned about traffic. Kennedy says some who live in Erda are also worried about the change to their farm community the development could bring. 

“A lot of people who come out to rural lands, but they live in a high-density neighborhood, they start to not like the smells and the dust from farming and things like that. They can complain and change ordinances,” Kennedy said. 

While some people completely oppose the development, Kennedy hopes a compromise can be reached so bigger lots will be allowed and a smaller number of houses could be built. 

But Richard Droubay, the spokesman for the Tooele Valley Temple, told KSL-TV during an earlier interview that the project is tied up with the temple’s construction because of all the infrastructure needs. 

“It was a singular proposal, and it was one package for the whole thing. That is what was approved. If the referendum succeeds, it could very well delay or alter the ultimate decision to have a temple,” Droubay said. 

In the meantime, 2,500 signatures would have to be gathered by August 15th to qualify the referendum for the ballot.      

 

Related Links:

Renderings released for Tooele Valley and Washington County temples

Groundbreaking for new Orem Temple announced

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opening 14 more temples

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
1 day ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
1 day ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
1 day ago
Two people have been gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park in less than a week. An expert at ...
Mark Jones

Expert says to give bison their space and distance

An expert at Antelope Island State Park says bison need to be given their space and distance. This message comes after two people were gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park
1 day ago
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...
Lindsay Aerts

Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. It warns that many fires are human caused.
1 day ago
Salt Lake County is working to make sure its golf courses don't use as much water in the drought....
Martha Harris

Salt Lake County says it has decreased water-use on its golf courses

Salt Lake County says it has back water usage on its golf courses. The county says it has done by changing how they water.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Housing development around the future Tooele Valley temple getting opposition