Plans for a six-room boarding house in Orange have been opposed by the police, Orange City Council and Essential Energy.
At its meeting last week council refused the DA for the Nyrang Road development on a number of grounds ranging from its design to being too big for the site, building over the sewer and insufficient turning room for cars.
It also received submissions from the NSW Police and Essential Energy opposing the DA.
"Essential Energy notes that the new driveway is too close to existing electricity infrastructure and the NSW Police have safety and siting concerns," a report to council said.
"Police have a reasonable expectation that the development, should council decide to approve it, will have an impact on the current crime trends," the NSW Police submission stated.
SLOW FOR SHOW
A special 40km/h speed limit will be in place around the Orange showground during the Orange Show weekend.
Council has approved the limit for sections of Leeds Parade and Phillip and Margaret streets on May 8-9.
It has also agreed to allow parking on the railway side of Leeds Parade on the show weekend.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions access to the showground will only be allowed through two gates on Leeds Parade.
Council has also agreed to allow Orange Kart Race Club to expand its operations on Perc Griffith Way and use the recreation hall previously used by the Orange Harness Racing Club.
A report to council said the kart club was also looking at using part of the former trotting track.
"The club has been exploring ways to enable the facility to become multipurpose to support its use by a variety of groups. The multipurpose use would require the leased area to incorporate the former trotting track land," it said.
"At present the constructed kart track is used for sprint and endurance kart racing. The concept to expand the present footprint would enable similar sports access (including motocross and speedway karting).
Council also agreed to cancel $30,000 funding to the harness racing club.
Orange's Rainbow City Festival has been put back to 2022.
Council was told the inaugural 2020 festival was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and the reformed organising committee was now looking at a three day or one week event in either February or May next year.
A report to the Economic Development Community Committee said the festival would likely again apply for council funding for the event after $20,000 was approved for the 2020 event.
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