City council votes on proposed Mormon temple in Phoenix

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PHOENIX – A unanimous vote by the Phoenix City Council as it paves the way for the Valley's newest Mormon temple.

The vote took place Wednesday evening and the opposition has not given up the fight.

The city council meeting had to be held inside the Orpheum Theater and close to 1,000 people showed up to see how this real-life drama would play out. It was a passionate fight on both sides of this debate.

The temple will be built off 51st Avenue and Pinnacle peak road right next to a neighborhood. According to those against the temple, 96% of the people who live in this area are opposed to the building. They say the 126-foot structure will disrupt their community with bright lights and loud traffic.

The church has made concessions in an effort to work with their future neighbors. They will be painting the temple a different color than the traditional white. They will also be turning the lights off an hour earlier at 10 p.m. They will be restricting traffic by not having a visitor center and holding the popular Christmas and Easter pageants you might see at the Mesa temple.

Despite the size of the temple, the church only needed rezoning for an extra 10 feet on the base of the building. The church will be 40 feet tall with an 86-foot tall spire. The spire is not regulated by the city. The city limits buildings in the area to 30 feet.

Technically the church could have made a temple with a shorter base and taller spire and would not have needed to go through this process.