Fort Collins Colorado Temple
At the 181st general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Prophet Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a new temple in Fort Collins, Colorado. This will be Colorado’s second temple. Fort Collins is about 57 miles north of Denver. There are approximately 140,000 Mormons in Colorado.
The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is expected to serve members living in northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska who currently travel to attend the Denver Colorado Temple and the Billings Montana Temple.
The temple is expected to be about 24,000 to 28,000 square feet and similar to the Newport Beach California Temple. On July 8, 2011, the location for the future temple was announced as the southeast corner of the intersection at Trilby Road and Timberline Road. A large LDS chapel is across the street from this location.
Progress and Updates
In November 2011 a city planning board recommended land for the proposed LDS temple be annexed into the city and rezoned, a move that will allow plans for the temple to advance.
Opponents said the area is not suitable for a temple because it is surrounded by a subdivision with a fire station, day-care center, church, farmland and a nature preserve.
The city council is expected to make a final decision soon. If it approves the recommendation, the church would submit a development plan. City planners then would address residents’ concerns over things like traffic and wildlife impacts.
In mid-November 2011 the city of Fort Collins annexed the 17-acre property for the building of the temple.  A second vote is pending on the zoning change necessary. Once the final vote is made, church officials are expected to file a detailed request to build the temple.