Fort Collins temple moves ahead amid criticism, support

A controversial proposal to build a Mormon temple in south Fort Collins has cleared an initial hurdle.

Over the objections of some neighbors, Larimer County commissioners on Tuesday approved a plat change for a 38-acre property southeast of the intersection of Trilby and Timberline roads that would house a temple built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The commissioners said their decision wasn't about the temple itself; it was whether the requested land-use change was appropriate given the nature of the area. The proposal passed 2-0. Commissioner Steve Johnson was absent.

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