Citizens packed an Oct. 23 hearing at the Ada County Courthouse and listened to nearly four hours of public testimony on a proposed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple on North Linder Road, near Chinden Boulevard in Meridian.
Ultimately, two of three Ada County commissioners voted to green-light the temple project. Commissioner Jim Tibbs was absent.
More than 50 citizens testified at the special hearing, the overwhelming majority of which were in support of the temple.
Ada County's Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the application for the 56-foot tall temple to be built, but a neighboring landowner challenged the ruling, prompting the special hearing before the Ada County Commission.
When complete, the temple will be the fifth of its kind in Idaho. The 65,960 square-foot structure will sit on nearly 21 acres.