Phoenix Mormon Temple Zoning Referendum (2010)

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There may be a Phoenix Mormon Temple Zoning Referendum on the September 2011 ballot in Maricopa County for residents in the city of Phoenix.

Currently the city council approved the building of a Mormon temple in a Phoenix neighborhood which would surpass the height allowed by the area zoning. Community residents are petitioning to get this issue put to a referendum vote, they do not want a temple built in their community that is so much taller than the neighboring buildings, making it stand out among everything else. Petitioners need to collect 9,800 valid signatures in order to put this to a vote, if they obtain that many then the city council would decide if they wanted to put it to a vote. Although residents were told in September that church's do not fall under the zoning laws, residents still decided to go ahead with their petition drive.[1]