In the October 2021 General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced 13 new temples. One of those temples was announced to be built in Cody, Wyoming.
Since the beginning this has sparked opposition.
At a meeting on June 15, five of the seven members of the Cody Planning and Zoning Board met to discuss the proposal for the building of the temple. Three of the five Board members in attendance voted in favor of the site plan for the temple. With a majority vote, the zoning should move forward. However, Board Chairman Carson Rowley, then determined that the motion failed because it had not received a majority vote of support from all seven board members.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is requesting a judicial review of that decision. They cite that Cody Municipal Code 9-2-3 says “that an affirmative vote of a majority of the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board members in attendance at said meeting.”
The most controversial part of the structure is the 77-foot steeple. Because of the location, locals are concerned about light pollution, traffic, and damage to wildlife habitat.
The 4.69 acre site where the church plans to build the temple is zoned residential. It is known that structures there cannot be over 30 feet high. The plans for the temple far exceed that limit.
Overall, the town is not opposed to a temple but would like it moved to a new location.