Five extra fast food restaurants all with eat-in and drive-through facilities have been proposed to be built on a major site in north Orange.
The land on the corner of the Northern Distributor Road and Leeds Parade has already been approved for a Caltex truck stop/service station and Oporto and Coffee Time restaurants.
An application to rezone land adjacent to that development from light industrial to tourist, to allow fast food restaurants to operate, is before Orange City Council.
If the land was re-zoned and subsequent development applications for the restaurants were approved it would create a major fast food and tourist hub in an area that is currently paddocks beside the main western railway line.
A hotel/motel complex has also been proposed for future stages of developing the area.
Four of the restaurants would be together fronting the Northern Distributor next to the railway line.
A fifth would be located on Leeds Parade at the south-east corner of the 12 hectare site.
The rezoning application said it would create a "cohesive and interrelated tourism/service/convenience precinct" to serve travellers on the Northern Distributor, the expanding north Orange residential area, the Narrambla industrial estate and Charles Sturt University.
With the development in its early stages the restaurants likely to go on the site have not been named.
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The rezoning application has been prepared for the Jasbe Group, which is developing the Oporto, Coffee Time and Caltex service station complex. On its website it says it has worked with major fast food companies on other developments.
"Our larger sites accommodate tenants including McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Hungry Jacks and Red Rooster," it said.
The application said one restaurant would have capacity for 88 seats while the others would have a 78-seat capacity.
It is proposed the restaurants would be open 24 hours every day.
The rezoning proposal is on the agenda for council's Planning and Development Committee.
It is recommended council support the planning approval to allow it to progress to further stages of the process including going to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for assessment.
The report said council would require the applicant to develop a masterplan for the site.
Issues to be considered would include how the site would look, noise levels, vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist access and the size and location of signs for the various businesses.
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