CHANGES to the development application for affordable and social housing at 78 Forbes Road have done little to ease neighbours' questions, with traffic safety the primary concern as public consultation continues.
A committee of 10 residents has sent Orange City Council a petition of 1019 signatures opposed to Housing Plus' plans for 26 units, saying the stretch of road was already difficult to turn into and out of.
Spokesman Norm Bolitho said residents encountered near misses on a daily basis.
"I was turning left [into my property] one day with the blinker on about 150 metres before and they slipped up the inside of me - it makes you very nervous," he said.
Mr Bolitho said turning onto Forbes Road in peak hour could take up to 10 minutes and he often took Cargo Road instead.
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He said he was fortunate to have a turning facility on his property so he could exit nose-first, but others needed to reverse.
"They back into the bicycle lane to get good vision, but they'll extinguish that lane so they can't do that," he said.
Plans show the current bicycle lane on the westbound side of Forbes Road will be removed for a stretch outside the proposed development in order to make way for a turning lane.
The lane would enable residents to wait for a break in traffic before turning right into the development, while allowing traffic travelling straight to continue along Forbes Road.
We will see multiple accidents there if this goes ahead.Forbes Road committee spokesman Norm Bolitho
NSW Roads and Maritime Service recommended the measure.
However, residents said the move would put cyclists and trucks in the same space, potentially putting those on two wheels at risk.
Mr Bolitho said while the development aimed to restrict traffic exiting to the left only, it would only be a painted median.
"That's a nonsense - if it's a painted median strip, because yo're turning out of a driveway, you can turn either direction and it's legal," he said.
"We will see multiple accidents there if this goes ahead."
Residents have also submitted residents' ability to access the nearby Greengate Shopping Centre on foot would be limited because there was no footpath on the northern side of Forbes Road and no pedestrian crossing at Forbes Road or Molong Road.
Mr Bolitho's previous request for a crossing was refused due to the road's classification.
Submissions close on May 24 - full documents can be accessed here.
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