HARRISON, N.Y. — A zoning board has rejected a request from the LDS Church for a variance that would allow a 44-foot-high temple in a residential neighborhood. But the chairman suggested the temple could still be built.

"An alternative solution is viable," said Richard Rafail, chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Harrison.

The height limit for residences in Harrison is 30 feet, and the Zoning Board of Appeals in Harrison voted 5-2 Thursday night against permitting the temple to exceed that.

"All the residents appreciate that the zoning board held up the same standard for the church as they hold to our homes," said Kathy Gurfein, who was among the dozen residents who applauded the vote.

James Staudt, a lawyer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the ruling was disappointing. He would not say whether the church would revise its plans.