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VACAVILLE -- Lee Kloppenburg has lived in his Buck Avenue home for 53 years.

The street has long been a link to Vacaville's history, lined with Victorian homes older than the oak and elm trees that surround them.

"We're happy the way it is. It's quiet and nice. People kind of speed once in a while. But we like it as it is. We don't want to change," he told FOX40.

Many of Kloppenburg's neighbors echo his sentiment.

"It's over a hundred years old," neighbor Karen Ray said. "The last thing that hasn't been touched in our city. It's a gem."

Ray heads up a large contingency of residents who oppose a proposed rezoning of Buck Avenue.

City spokesperson Mark Mazzaferro says some downtown-area residents approached city leaders about rezoning Buck Avenue, to allow existing homes to become bed and breakfast businesses and vacation rentals.

"Bed and breakfasts aren't allowed in the city right now. And it's an amenity that I think people believe visitors would enjoy in our community. Certainly visitors think it's a good idea," Mazzaferro said.

Ray and her neighbors attended a planning commission meeting Tuesday evening to oppose the plan. The planning commission unanimously voted against it.