A masterplan on the future development of the Orange Health and Innovation Precinct will go on exhibition where public comment will be invited for 28 days.
Orange City Council this week unanimously voted for the report to progress.
The masterplan proposes a network of health, education, research, commercial and residential zones be created around the Orange hospital and Forest Road areas.
Cr Russell Turner said while he supported the plans he was concerned that Orange needed to continue to be diverse.
"I believe we should not forget our base, which is around us, which is farming," he said.
"I wouldn't like to get to the point where we are too reliant on health."
Cr Stephen Nugent said he was concerned the report needed more detail on environmental issues.
"It is an exciting document in terms of the future development of our city. It is a bit light on in terms of environment," he said.
Cr Scott Munro said car parking demand should be recognised.
"Many people out there are still having trouble getting car parks," he said.
Council also agreed to put a report on the recognition of The Springs area south of Orange to public exhibition.
It was home to up to 13 families in the 1930s and 1940s who lived in rough huts during and after the Great Depression.
After some councillors said they were not previously aware of the site it was agreed a tour of the area should be organised for all councillors.
The report proposes sculptures, signage and picnic areas be established at the site, which is around the Hawke Lane travelling stock route near the Shiralee housing estate about five kilometres south of Orange.
After the report is placed on public exhibition it will come back to council to decide whether to support the proposals and how to seek funding for the work.
Orange mayor Cr Reg Kidd said he expected there would be a lot of community input when the report went on public exhibition.
The meeting was also asked by Cr Sam Romano about the status of camping at the Gosling Creek reserve.
"There are no signs to say where camping is permitted," he said.
"If anybody wants to camp there do they register through the visitor centre?" he said.
CEO David Waddell said he would inform councillors about the camping.
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