The Billings City Council will consider a proposal for a new meeting house for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this evening.  The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

On April 5, the Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of special review on the proposed Mormon meeting house, at 54th Street West and Trail Creek Drive. The single-story facility will include the building and parking lot and the church plans a future addition of 2,500 square feet and additional parking.

The church says it’s growing and needs additional meeting space for its congregations, which are divided geographically. As many as four Mormon congregations share a single building, staggering service times throughout the day.

Some neighbors oppose the meeting house proposal, claiming it will increase traffic. The applicant provided a full traffic accessibility study that concludes the meeting house will not have a significant impact on existing traffic