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Islamic center controversy could prompt zoning changes

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The recent controversy surrounding the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro could change how land is zoned in Rutherford County.

The Rutherford County Commission approved the mosque in May, much to the dismay of area residents who knew nothing about the approval and have been vocally against it every since.

Because the center is a religious institution, the land did not have to be rezoned and county commissioners did not have to ask for public input before passing approval.

Commissioners will now look at changing those rules.

The change would require religious institutions to go through a rezoning process which would include public input.

Commissioners will vote on the issue at their next meeting next week.

Those against the mosque are planning to present a petition to the commission at the same meeting.

Because county officials already approved the proposal, it is solely up to them whether the project will continue.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is slated to be built on Veals Road, southwest of town.

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