COUNCILLORS will decide whether to pave the way for an expanded North Orange Shopping Centre on Tuesday night, but it will come on the condition no department stores are allowed.
Orange City Council staff have recommended allowing the northern portion of 9 Telopea Way to be rezoned from R1 general residential to B2 local centre, in keeping with the rest of the centre.
The rezoning would enable Woolworths to expand from 3200 square metres to 4000 metres, an additional 1750 square metre mini-supermarket and an extra 800 square metres of retail space.
The proposal had initially included a second 4000 square metre supermarket and 1400 square metres of retail space, but was cut back after negotiations between the council’s consultant and the applicant.
The report to councillors said the reduction in retail area helped to ensure the centre did not overtake the Orange CBD and the expansion was not designed to allow a discount department store.