ORANGE City Council is on the front foot to stop neighbourhood complaints ahead of a southern housing development which could start in the next 12 months.
The almost 280 hectare area, south of the railway line between the Towac Park race track and Norton Park, was rezoned as urban residential land in July.
Sustainable Development Committee chair Jeff Whitton said residents need to have their input before the development control plan to ensure they know who can build what, and where.
Council wrote around 100 letters to landholders inviting them to take part in the consultation, which allows them to hear from residents about concerns such as waterways and view corridors.
“Nothing might happen for five, 10, 15 or 20 years but we’re trying to prevent neighbours having disputes,” he said.
The area is also in the path of the proposed southern feeder road and cuts right through the rifle range.
Cr Whitton said, based on past experiences, it is likely to cause division in the community.
“Council won’t be considering any applications until council has it’s own strategies in place and those applications will be subject to the terms and conditions of the DCP (development control plan),” he said.
Council has always informed residents of zoning changes and development applications said Mr Whitton, who believes this process offers everyone a chance to learn for themselves what their neighbours are allowed to build and sell.
“We’re trying to avoid a pattern of ad hoc urban subdivision which could lead both to divisive community debate and piecemeal decision-making.”
Two forums will be held on November 14, one at 12pm and the other 5:30pm.