N. Phoenix residents want new traffic study before Mormon temple vote

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PHOENIX -- Too many cars, too little road, that's what residents in a North Phoenix neighborhood say about a proposal to build a Mormon temple on their block.

Residents in Deer Valley picketed at the site near Pinnacle Peak Road and 51st Avenue Sunday.

The LDS Church has asked permission to build a three-story, 25,000-square-foot temple on the lot.

The Deer Valley Planning Commission approved the plan last week, but some neighbors say that decision was based on a faulty traffic study.

"We want the city to require that a complete traffic study be done before this is voted on by the City Council," Scott Anderson said.

The City Council will cast a final vote on the plan at its meeting on Dec. 2.