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Weekends could soon be quieter in Gallatin as city leaders consider tightening noise-level regulations for construction projects.

An ordinance prohibiting the building, demolition, alteration or repair of any building in an inhabited residential area of the city on Sundays gained initial approval Tuesday from the Gallatin City Council. Building operations are currently permitted any day of the week from dawn until dusk.

The proposed change, which would allow construction work in neighborhoods Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., was prompted by complaints from multiple residents, according to Gallatin Building Official Chuck Stuart.

"I went to two subdivisions in the early morning... and watched people try to get their kids to school and get to work and they were blowing their horns to get vehicles moved just so they can get out before 7 a.m.," Stuart told city leaders earlier this month. "It's time to give our homeowners some relief."

Construction projects in uninhabited residential or commercial areas would not be affected by the proposed change, according to the ordinance. Time extensions could be granted in certain circumstances by the city's building official and police department.

Stuart said he expects the growth Gallatin is currently experiencing to continue. The city's building department issued 48 percent more permits and performed 75 percent more inspections last year than in 2015.

A special census found Gallatin had 34,473 residents as of last year, which represents a population increase of more than 4,000 since 2010.

"The growth here is crazy," Stuart said. "As long as Nashville is building the way they are building, you've got years of this. Some of it is going to be rapid and some of it is going to be slow back down, but you're not going to stop for years."

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