Residents have just two days remaining to submit their views on Housing Plus' plans for a 10-unit affordable housing complex at the end of a residential street.
Submissions for the Lantana Place complex close at 5pm on Friday May 14.
Orange City Council has so far received about 12 submissions with a mix of support and opposition.
The development application on public display at council proposes a $2.75 million project on 4991 square metres of vacant land with five separate buildings, each housing two units.
Six two-bedroom and four one-bedroom units are proposed.
It is not guaranteed that the development will be occupied exclusively by this demographic.Lantana Place development application
"The proposed development is predominantly of brick construction. The dwellings at the front of the development will address the street," the DA states.
"All dwellings have private entrances, kitchen, dining or living room windows in the front facade which will permit passive surveillance of the street and/or the site internally." There would be 20 car parking spaces.
The DA said there was a shortage of affordable housing for people over 55.
"However it is not guaranteed that the development will be occupied exclusively by this demographic," it said.
"A trend has emerged which identifies that there are a large number of people (particularly single women) in the over 55 age group who are waiting for access to affordable housing, due to a lack of developments which meet their specific needs.
"This development will assist in meeting this need."
Design features include step-free travel to the front door and wide internal doors and corridors including easy bathroom access.
The site is on sloping land and will require earthworks and retaining walls
Residents voiced their concerns to Housing Plus officials about the site being inappropriate at a meeting on April 1 and Housing Plus has cut the number of units from 14 to 10.
One resident told the Central Western Daily a group of about 15 residents were opposed on planning grounds.
That included the removal of an earth bank that acted as a sound barrier to Northern Distributor Road traffic, concerns over the siting of a water detention zone on one property, safety issues with the retaining walls, a lack of kerb space for the complex's 30 garbage bins and the site having three times the housing density compared to nearby properties.
He said they would submit their objection this week.
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