THE Telopea Way intersections at Farrell Road and the Northern Distributor Road will be able to cope with future development including a KFC and Woolworths service station on Farrell Road.
But further modelling of the intersections will be needed to ensure pedestrian and traffic safety and efficiency is maintained, according to the Roads and Maritime Services’ submission.
The controversial intersections will again be up for discussion on February 20 when the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) decides if a proposal to change the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to allow the fast-food outlet and service station in a residential zone has merit.
The JRPP meeting will be closed, but should the panel and the planning department support the proposal the public will be able to have their say if it proceeds to gateway determination.
Kay Fitzgerald, a key opponent of the Farrell Road McDonald’s approved across the road from the proposed KFC, believes the proposal should be put on the back burner until after other developments nearby, including the McDonald’s and a childcare centre, are up and running so the traffic impact can be observed.
Orange City Council staff and councillors have opposed the KFC and service station on the grounds of the extra traffic it will create and potential land use conflicts with the neighbouring childcare centre, while suitably zoned land already exists along the NDR.
Mrs Fitzgerald hopes the council stays firm on its opposition, but questioned its role now the proposal has reached the JRPP.
“Democracy here is really at risk. Why do we have a local council? ... as ratepayers we pay taxes to run our town, who then is our representative?,” she said.
So far the NSW planning department has supported the proposal saying it is justifiable in the locality if operational traffic issues are resolved.
Richard Sharpe, the co-owner of land on the Leeds Parade roundabout earmarked for a service centre, did not believe allowing a fast-food outlet and service station at Farrell Road would make his land less attractive to companies.
“We’ve got a major fuel company very close to signing ... and we’ve got all these people lining up wanting to put fast-food outlets in,” he said.
He was critical of the Farrell Road site.
“As a member of the public ... I can’t see [the traffic] getting any better,” he said.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said work was expected to start on the outlet in the next couple of months.