Bid for second KFC in Orange back on the table

HUNGRY residents of north Orange may soon be able to choose between McDonald’s and KFC, if developers are successful in their latest bid to have a site on the corner of Telopea Way and Farrell Road rezoned.

This is the third time Garfield Road Holdings Pty Ltd has pushed for a rezoning of the block that’s across the road and to the north of the site where Orange’s second McDonalds is currently being built.

Late in 2012, developers approached Orange City Council about the rezoning to make way for a KFC and service station.

However, after staff outlined their concerns the developers withdrew their application.

A second attempt to have the area rezoned was rebuffed by council on September 3 last year, prompting them to lodge an appeal.

The site’s current R1 residential zoning only allows for housing and compatible small-scale commercial activity, under the Orange Local Environmental Plan (LEP 2011).

The developers’ original proposal sought to change the residential zoning to allow the site to house a takeaway food and drink premises and a service station. 

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will consider arguments from the developer, the council and the NSW Planning Department at a hearing in Orange in late February.

Development services director David Waddell said the state’s planning regulations gave developers the opportunity to appeal a decision taken by a local council.

“The JRPP is the body which will hear arguments and make a recommendation to the minister,” Mr Waddell said.

“In September, Orange City Council argued that there is already provision in the current zonings for a service station/takeaway food complex further down the bypass near the Leeds Parade intersection.”.

The JRPP has placed information about the appeal on its web site www.jrpp.nsw.gov.au/DevelopmentandPlanningRegister/tabid/62/ctl/view/mid/424/JRPP_ID/1646/language/en-AU/Default.aspx

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