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BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

Voters in Brentwood will soon decide what some neighbors are calling one of the most important elections in the city's history.

Recently, there has been a big push to add development in the city, such as a town center and more condos. Some say it's about time while others feel the city is growing too fast and contend they moved to Brentwood for the bedroom-community feel.

Now, the candidates in a race for three open city commission positions will have a major say in what happens next.

Raja O'Brien has lived in Brentwood for 26 years, and she, like many residents, feels this race will determine whether or not more big development moves in.

"It's really time to put some brakes on as far as development as far as I'm concerned," O'Brien said.

The recently proposed Streets of Brentwood project was supposed to give the city a town center, but developers eventually pulled out because of so much controversy, as many residents felt it would be too big and they didn't want condos leased.

The approved Tapestry condo project angers some who say they moved to Brentwood to be around green grass, not high density development that they feel could result in more traffic and crime.

Denise Thurman disagrees and said Brentwood is no longer a bedroom community.

"This particular area of town is thriving with businesses and restaurants, and I would personally like to see a development go up over there with more shops or restaurants to choose from. Yes, it will bring more traffic, but we can deal with the traffic," Thurman said.

Just as neighbors are split over adding more development, it seems so, too, are the six commissioners running.

Some have vowed to change the city's commercial zoning ordinances that would take out a residential component. Others who are more pro-development are not willing to make that promise.

Election Day is May 7, and early voting starts next week.

For more information on the election and to view a sample ballot, visit: http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/index.aspx?nid=40.

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