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A plan to add 300 apartment units in southwest Knox County took a step forward at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The council gave first approval to a plan that would rezone about 100 acres of property on Northshore Drive near Thunderhead Road. The developer behind the Westland Cove apartment complex plans to rezone the property to add 300 high-density apartment units. It's a move local landowners have fought.

City council also delayed a vote to rezone property for the historic Christenberry house off Kingston Pike. A developer is trying to rezone the area to turn it into 28 high-end condos.

Neighbors in the area are upset over the idea, claiming it would increase traffic danger and be out of place in the neighborhood.

"Rezoning is not a good idea for Sequoyah Hills," said Sallie Namey, president of the Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association. "It sets a horrible precedent for historic homes being razed in the name of condos."

Council did not discuss the mayor's proposed budget Tuesday, but they will be discussing it at a series of community workshops.

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