Tucson Arizona Temple
Proposal submitted to Pima County; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Tucson Arizona Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
In February 2013, a Church project manager submitted preliminary plans to Pima County to propose making Church-owned property in the Catalina Foothills, where East Ina Road curves into Skyline Drive, the site for the Tucson Arizona Temple. The 7.46-acre site was purchased by the Church in 2010, and a residence to the north was subsequently acquired. As yet, no official site location nor official rendering has been announced by the Church. A Church spokesman indicates that at least two other sites have been under consideration, but only the Pima County planning agency has actually received a proposal for the temple.
The documents include surveys and environmental studies plus site and floor plans that use a rendering of a two-story, 34,000-square-foot mission-style temple, similar to the design for the Tijuana México Temple, to represent the Tucson Arizona Temple. The site would have a 260-space parking lot with large areas of natural desert open space to provide a buffer for the surrounding neighborhood. No rezoning would be required for the site, as it is already zoned to allow religious buildings, but a height variance may be required from the Board of Adjustments to permit the 95-foot steeple.
The Shadow Roc Homeowners Association, the neighborhood where the proposed site is located, previously opposed an office development at that location. But association president, Stan Kartchner, himself a member of the Church, responded favorably to the temple plans. He indicated that a temple is "one of the more favorable uses we could imagine" for the property. He expressed his desire for Church representatives to open a dialogue with neighbors as the plans progress.1
Renderings of the Tucson Arizona Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Tucson Arizona Temple.
On October 6, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson announced plans for a temple to be built in Tucson, Arizona—Arizona's second largest city—during his opening remarks of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference.
The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth in the state. Temples are currently operating in Mesa, Snowflake, and the Gila Valley, while the other two temples in Gilbert and Phoenix are still under construction. There are approximately 400,000 members of the Church in Arizona.2
Five stakes are headquartered in the city of Tucson with three additional stakes in the surrounding region, namely the Sahuarita Arizona Stake, Sierra Vista Arizona Stake, and St. David Arizona Stake. The units that will be served by the Tucson Arizona Temple have not yet been announced but are likely to include these eight stakes.
The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple built in Arizona, following the Mesa Arizona Temple (1927), the Snowflake Arizona Temple (2002), The Gila Valley Arizona Temple (2010), the Gilbert Arizona Temple (under construction), and the Phoenix Arizona Temple (under construction).
1. Becky Pallack, "Foothills site likely for Mormon temple," Arizona Daily Star 4 May 2013, 4 May 2013 <http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/foothills-site-likely-for-mormon-temple/article_4ead4d1e-0a65-570d-b3ad-aa0d9ae5e56e.html>.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Church Announces New Temples in Arizona and Peru," 6 Oct. 2012.