LDS Church distances itself from land referendum in Layton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is distancing itself from any position on a land referendum on the ballot this November, even though the church owns the property on which a potential development would be located and teamed with the city to help hire a consultant for the project.

Church Spokesman Scott Trotter issued a short statement on the West Layton Village property matter late Monday, after the church became part of the narrative on the issue, initiated by a group that forced the issues on the ballot. The group, Citizens for Responsible Growth, claims the church had unofficially apologized for appearing to be a force behind the potential development.

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