SALT LAKE CITY — Plans and renderings of a new residential community that will be built near the site of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple were released Tuesday.
Suburban Land Reserve, Inc., a tax-paying real estate investment affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, proposed plans for the new residential community, which will be located near the site for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple on the northwest of the intersection at Erda Way and Highway 36 in Erda, Utah.
Suburban Land Reserve, Inc. released new renderings and a site plan to show the look of the new residential community, which features more than 32 acres of homes, parks, walking trails and open space.
Once the concept plan is approved by the Tooele County Commission and meets all land-use standards and regulations, Suburban Land Reserve will move forward on the project with local and regional homebuilders. A timeline for construction will depend on market demand.
Ashley Powell, managing director of Investment Properties, a church department that manages real estate investments that are part of the reserve funds of the church, said the development will “improve and enhance the vacant land around the temple site for generations to come.”
“We are committed to developing a vibrant neighborhood where people of different ages and income levels will enjoy living within walking distance of the temple,” Powell said in a statement. “The temple’s timeless architecture and manicured grounds will be a beautiful, enduring central feature of the community for all who will live there, regardless of religious affiliation.”
The residential community project will introduce new sewer, water and other utilities infrastructure that will improve the vacant land and make these utilities economically and functionally viable, according to the statement.
“In addition to contributing to needed utility infrastructure around the temple, this community will help protect the temple and create a place where people can enjoy the setting of this sacred building in ways that are important and meaningful to them,” said Steve Romney, president of Suburban Land Reserve, Inc..
The Church of Jesus Christ released interior renderings of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple on April 28. The church has not yet set a date for the temple’s ground breaking.
President Russell M. Nelson announced the location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple in September 2019.