A CHILDCARE centre in Turner Crescent has a second chance to proceed, with councillors due to consider an updated plan on Tuesday night.
The centre, which cut its original capacity by 30 places and completing overhauled its design to more closely resemble a house, has been recommended for approval by Orange City Council staff.
Staff had also recommended the original design for approval, but councillors at the time agreed with residents' concerns about traffic and rejected the DA - the NSW Land and Environment Court upheld the refusal on appeal due to the bulk of the building at the time.
Residents lodged 14 submissions, with many again protesting the revised design on traffic grounds, pointing out the blind corner at the centre's entrance and feared delays in nearby Mastronardi Way to access Molong Road.
This application has taken on board all matters raised by the court and effectively is very different.Orange City Council staff
However, staff concluded the extra volumes would be within the road's capacity and staff would be required to park on site.
"This application has taken on board all matters raised by the court and effectively is very different," the report said.
"The proposal is considered to be a good response to achieve a compliant development."
The council will also consider a contentious plan for 10 dwellings on Lantana Place, to be developed by Housing Plus.
The proposal, including four one-bedroom dwellings and six two-bedroom dwellings, has also been recommended for approval.
Forty-seven submissions were sent to the council, 31 opposing the development.
While opponents said the development was not the same as surrounding housing, staff said multi-dwelling housing was allowed and a variety of housing types needed to be provided.
The number of units was reduced from 14 originally, intended to provide affordable housing.
Another proposal by Aldi to build a driveway linking its car park to the neighbouring council car park is also set to be hotly contested, with six objections from businesses and a 150-signature petition due to concerns about increased competition for limited parking spaces.
Councillor Stephen Nugent will also put up a motion to support students and workers participating in the Global Climate Strike on September 20 in Robertson Park by putting up in-kind support and ask state and federal governments to move away from fossil fuels.
He said participating in rallies should be encouraged as a learning experience.
"It's a way for young people to shape the world they want to live in," he said.
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