BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Williamson County residents are closer to having their first Muslim mosque.
The Brentwood city commission passed a request Monday to rezone 15 acres of land for the Islamic Center of Williamson County, according to the Tennessean.
The mosque would be built off Wilson Pike, just south of the Twin Springs subdivision and north of the Crockett Park bikeway tunnel.
Dr. Jaweed Ansari made the request.
He said the 1,200 square foot building will serve about 40 families and will include a domed prayer hall.
Several neighbors are concerned about flooding and traffic issues.
City commissioner Paul Webb was the only one to vote no on the proposal, saying he was concerned the mosque would be built near a blind curve, causing more car accidents.
However, several traffic studies found nearby roads would be able to handle the increased traffic if the Islamic Center was to be built off Wilson Pike.
City leaders said extra precautions were taken to make sure the building wouldn't disrupt the floodway in the area.
The rezoning proposal must now receive recommendations from the Planning Commission and undergo a second reading.
There will also be a public hearing and community meeting on the issue. Dates for those meetings have not been set.