The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says,"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.." and while no one is disputing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' desire to build a new temple, at least one Ada County landowner is pushing back against where the LDS church wants to build its fifth Idaho temple. Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Rexburg already are home to existing LDS temples.
Church leaders wants to build the temple on 12 acres along the Boise River near Linder Road, a few blocks north of Chinden Boulevard.
Ada County Planning and Zoning Commissioners have already held two sessions where the public was able to weigh in on the plans and ultimately approved the project Aug. 22. But an appeal to the decision was filed by a neighboring landowner. The appeal will be heard at this evening's public hearing before the Ada County Commissioners.
Ada County officials say they expect a large crowd at this evening's hearing. Testimony will begin at 6 p.m., and just in case the Ada County Courthouse Public Hearing Room reaches capacity, officials have already made accommodations for overflow space in the Courthouse lobby and the Jury commissioners assembly room on the fourth floor of the courthouse. While there won't be any seating in the lobby, seats will be available on the 4th floor, with both locations offering video and audio.
Ada County officials also stress that everyone who wishes to testify in person will be afforded the opportunity.