POLL: Help set the scene for south Orange

Residents are again being invited to have their say over the future of the city’s latest housing development in south Orange.

Orange City Council sustainable development committee chair Jeff Whitton said it was crucial everyone be given a chance to contribute to the look and feel of the development with council already having met with landowners.

“We’re trying to avoid a pattern of ad hoc urban subdivision which could lead to piecemeal decision making,” Cr Whitton said.

“I was delighted that 70 people took the time to come to the first consultations last month and learn how the planning process will evolve.

“Staff have since met individually with a number of residents and attended an open meeting of the ECCO (Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange) group. 

“Now it’s time to open up the consultation to the wider community to give everyone in Orange the chance to be a part of the planning process.”

Cr Whitton said council was drafting a blue-print which will guide the housing development in the area south of the railway line with boundaries on Pinnacle Road in the west, Hawkes Lane in the south, and DPI land and the rifle range in the east.

“It was good to hear from some landowners about the timing of their plans to develop their land, while others are hoping the area will keep a rural flavour for some time,” Cr Whitton said. 

“Council staff and consultants will aim to bring all these hopes and dreams into the mix along with other ideas like how to protect water-ways and established stands of trees.”

It’s during this early planning period that council will consider possible names for the new suburb.

“It’s very early days but the names of Shiralee and Lysterfield are two that draw on long-standing roads in the area,” Cr Whitton said. 

“People who come to this week’s community consultations will be free to throw other names into the mix as well as more important issues about the kind of community they believe should be encouraged in south Orange. “

Mayor John Davis said it was great to see people getting excited about the potential of the new suburb and “starting to throw names into the mix”.

“I think Shiralee has got a lot of character and says something about the history of the area,” Cr Davis said.

The next two community consultations will be held on Thursday, December 5 at noon and 5.30pm at the Orange Civic Centre.

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