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By Kent Larsen

Brisbane Temple Restrictions at Stake in Zoning Fight

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- The LDS Church's plan to build a $9 million temple in Brisbane's Kangaroo Point cliffs neighborhood could be decided in a legal battle set to start next month. While the Brisbane City Council approved the plans, it did so with building and operating conditions that the Church considers unacceptable, and which it is challenging. However, LDS Church officials have declined to say what they will do if they loose the Church's appeal of the restrictions.

The restrictions originate from complaints of area residents, who say that the building is "too intense" for the site and not compatible with the neighborhood. Neighbors fear increased traffic and parking problems, and residents of the River Terraces Apartments next door to the site say that the building will impede the views of a third of the apartments and 'diminish the area's aesthetic qualities.' "The visual impact of this proposal would be severely negative on both the appearance of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the residential nature of the suburb and the placid residential nature of the streetscape, wrote Phil Abernethy, body corporate chairman of the apartments.

But the LDS Church has owned the nearly 8,500 square meter (about 85,000 square feet - nearly 2 acres) corner block for more than 40 years, and has had an existing chapel and administrative offices on the property since the late 1950s. In addition to the Temple, the Church wants to build a chapel on the property.

The Brisbane City Council's approval included several restrictions on the buildings, including a requirement that only one building be used at a time, a limit on hours of operation and a requirement that the Church build an acoustic barrier at the site. But one Church official called the limitations "absurd" and "ludicrous," and pointed out that most other uses of the land would be more 'intense.'

The LDS Church announced the Brisbane Temple in mid-1998, saying that it would serve the Australian provinces of Queensland and New South Wales as well as Papua New Guine and the Solomon Islands. Queensland currently has about 40 LDS congregations and 20,000 members.


Temple to transform city skyline
Brisbane Australia Courier Mail 27Jan01 T1
By Anthony Marx


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