GREATER vision needs to be shown for the Southern Feeder Road route, with growing residential traffic set to cause headaches if it remains on its current course along Ploughmans Lane, according to a former councillor.
Neil Jones lives in Wentworth Estate and has been in discussions with Oak Tree Retirement Village residents concerned they face driving onto a busy thoroughfare.
He said Ploughmans Lane was now the sole access for Oak Tree's 94 units and a number of houses fronting the road.
He said it was the major access for Wentworth Estate residents heading into town, plus it faced future demand from families who bought into the equine precinct subdivision, which is currently on public exhibition.
The subdivision has also planned crossings across Ploughmans Lane to enable horse owners to reach Towac Park Racecourse.
The road is set to follow Park Road to James Road, an unbuilt road reserve, and turn up Ploughmans Lane.
However, Orange City Council could consider a second lower-cost option where the road instead turns up Pinnacle Road before turning left onto Canobolas Road and right onto Ploughmans Lane, which Cr Jones believed would need a roundabout.
MAP: Where the Southern Feeder Road could go...
"When this route of the Southern Feeder Road was determined, an increased density of houses and usage as an equine precinct was not predicted, nor was the construction a 94-villa unit complex in the Oak Tree Village," he said.
"Both of these developments and the completion of houses in the Wentworth Estate adds significant local vehicle movements on Ploughmans Plans, which would seriously compromise the objective of the Southern Feeder Road to move traffic safely and relatively unimpeded across the western and southern sides of the city."
He said if the route had remained unchanged from original plans to avoid Ploughmans Lane and build the road further west, the current concerns could have been avoided.
"[The council] needs to stick to a plan," he said.
Mr Jones said the equine precinct provided an opportunity to revisit the road route and pointed out the James Road reserve extended west of Ploughmans Lane.
While it has been earmarked as a horse transportation route, Mr Jones said it could be used to extend the Southern Feeder Road and by using road reserves and land acquisitions, it could join Cargo Road.
Submissions for the equine precinct close this Friday - view the documents here.