THE Shiralee Village master plan could be ready for adoption by August, with Orange City Council staff considering submissions.
About 55 individuals and community groups entered submissions on the 1600-lot southern subdivision proposal during the five-week consultation period.
Development services director David Waddell said about 80 per cent of the submissions came from existing residents, 10 per cent came from community groups and the remainder from outside the area.
“We got wide-ranging support for the master plan and what it was trying to achieve,” he said.
Mr Waddell said the most common issue raised was the proposed 200 square-metre compact lots.
“There was interest in how they would work, whether they were appropriate and whether they might somehow be too intrusive,” he said.
“We do know that the unit and compact lot housing product is a popular product, however we don’t want to overdo it.
“We will try to accommodate changes if they don’t affect the overall structure of the master plan.”
Mr Waddell said the equity of landowners having different allowed uses was also raised, but landowners would be compensated for any property falling within a public reserve.
“People think, ‘If I have more houses, I’ll get more value out of the development’, so what needs to be pointed out is that a beautiful two-acre block or one house can be as valuable as eight smaller lots,” he said.
“It will never be perfect, but that’s the way it is.”
He also said some residents had expressed concerns about the village centre and it’s potential impact on Lysterfield Reserve.
“At the moment, the centre is right next to it,” he said.
“People were worried that it would be vandalised or buildings would come right up to it - the flip side is if you activate a place, it would have better protection than it otherwise would.”
Concerns about traffic in Woodward and Cecil roads will be answered by council engineers.
Mr Waddell said council staff would answer each of the submissions and clear any errors, inconsistencies or misconceptions before reporting back to council to adopt the development control plan.
He said debate on the name Shiralee did not feature frequently in the submissions and welcomed extra feedback.
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