AN incident involving an SUV and a van outside the proposed Housing Plus development on Forbes Road has further concerned residents about traffic safety if the 26 units were to proceed.
Norm Bolitho heard a "loud bang" on Monday morning and found the SUV in the bicycle lane and the van mounted on the kerb.
While the circumstances of the collision remain unclear and no one was injured, Mr Bolitho pointed out the incident occurred where the driveway for the social and affordable housing was proposed - each unit will have one car space, apart from the eight two-bedroom units, which will have two.
"This only goes to reinforce what we have been trying to get across to Housing Plus, Forbes Road is the wrong road for a development of the magnitude as proposed by them," Mr Bolitho said.
"It is clear to anyone with half a brain that this development will only add significantly to the accident risk that already exists on Forbes Road - already, approximately 7000 cars pass this site daily."
Mr Bolitho, who has been involved in near misses while trying to turn into his driveway, urged the not-for-profit to take on insights from surrounding residents.
Current plans from Housing Plus feature a westbound turning lane allowing residents to turn right into the development without holding up traffic, with the intention of limiting exits to left only.
Housing Plus has confirmed the matter is likely to go to the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel for a final decision.
Housing Plus project director Justin Cantelo confirmed the organisation was reviewing its submission following feedback from Orange City Council.
"We are now aware that it is a planning requirement for this development to be forwarded to the Western Regional Planning Panel for determination," he said.
"We understand that the [JRPP] includes members of the local council and that this process would involve a further public exhibition of the DA."
Mr Cantelo did not comment on Monday's incident.
JRPPs usually consists of five members, three appointed by the state and two by the community, to determine regionally-significant DAs valued more than $30 million, or $10 million if the applicant chooses to refer it 120 days after lodging the application with the council.
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