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Vote on LDS temple near Lone Mountain heads to city council

The LDS temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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The LDS temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

City officials have approved a proposal from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a controversial temple in the Lone Mountain area in northwest Las Vegas.

Hundreds of those in attendance for the lengthy planning commission meeting Tuesday night at Las Vegas City Hall oppose the more than 70,000 square foot temple.

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Controversy over a planned temple from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is leading to some real anger and finger-pointing by neighbors who say they don’t oppose the church for its beliefs.

But now, the recommendation will head to the City Council for final approval.

Opposition of a new temple centers on a number of concerns, including the size and height of the building, constant lighting, and an increase in traffic.

This would be the valley’s second LDS temple, and church officials say it’s needed due to increased membership.

The proposal is set to be heard by the City Council on July.

Briana Joseph is the afternoon and weekend announcer at Nevada Public Radio. She hosts during national syndication from NPR. You’ll hear her voice during All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.