A controversial mosque project that has divided this Atlanta suburb for two years got the green light Tuesday as elected officials dropped their opposition amid a federal probe.

Lilburn’s city council voted 3-1 in favor of allowing the 20,000-square-foot Muslim worship center to be built by Dar-e-Abbas, a local Shiite group.

The vote coincided with a Department of Justice investigation into whether Lilburn violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by rejecting zoning applications for the mosque in 2009 and again last year.

The 11-year-old federal law, also known as RLUIPA, prohibits local authorities from imposing “a substantial burden” on religious groups or treating them “on less than equal terms” than other groups in land-use decisions.

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