I did not imagine there would be a time in Teton County Idaho that the proposal of building a new Church would be controversial. The LDS Church proposed a new Church House along the Highway just North of Victor that would provide services for people from county Road 4000 south to the Wyoming State line.
What is the controversy? Some feel that a church is not a good fit for the scenic corridor along the Highway. Some had issue with the height of the steeple. The church would like a steeple that is higher than the currently allowed height restriction.
County commissioners voted to deny the application 2 to 1. News Channel 8 story on the County’s decision.
· A church of any denomination would be a great thing to have in the scenic corridor.
· Although one Commissioner stated traffic as an issue – Sunday mornings are not a busy time for traffic at this location.
· In a time of economic hardship – let’s embrace new construction.
· When a good use is not consistent with the comprehensive plan – change the plan.
With so many problems facing us in our community, our country and our world, why is this an issue?