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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Montgomery Avenue in East Nashville is a street of small, single-family homes.

These are homes that some neighbors, like Brady Mills, fear would be dwarfed if a plan is approved to build two houses side by side on a narrow 50-foot lot.

"So the plan is two detached, 19-foot wide homes that would be two to three stories. We're not quite sure exactly how tall," Mills said.

Roy Dale's engineering firm is designing the project. He says infill projects are where it's at these days.

"It's where the density needs to go. It's where people prefer to live. We have designed probably more subdivisions than anybody, and we're not doing any subdivisions. None," Dale said.

The project is meeting resistance. On Tuesday night, Metro Council postponed taking action on a request to rezone the property to allow the two-house plan.

Dale says the developer, Regal Homes, is likely to build something else.

"I pretty well believe what he's decided to do is just to build a single-family residence," he said.

Mills has launched a petition drive. Seventy people signed up on the first day, all asking Metro Council to leave the lot and one on another street as single family.

"Even if this doesn't go through for this one specific property, it will at least allow us the opportunity to talk about what may happen with future properties, just like this one," Mills said.

Neighbors say they are not against infill housing, they just want to have more input and want their voices heard.

It's a conflict that's being repeated all over Nashville as neighbors grapple for more control over what goes in around them.

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