A major $5.7 million sheet metal factory has been proposed for an industrial estate on Clergate Road.
A development application has been lodged with Orange City Council for Storco to relocate.
"The proposed development is intended to provide a new facility for an existing sheet metal manufacturing business in Orange," a staff report to council said.
"In particular, the proposed development will involve the construction of a 6707.8 squre metre concrete tilt-up panel industrial building including office areas purposely designed for the machining, manufacturing and rolling of sheet metal.
"The operation of the business would involve a minimum of 30 full time employees performing design, manufacturing and administrative duties. The proposed operating hours are 6am-6pm, Monday to Friday."
The report says the company already employs 30 staff at its current Orange location.
The factory would take up Lot 1 of a planned 46-lot industrial estate on 26 hectares of vacant land on Clergate Road.
"The key issues for consideration include operational noise, given proximity to residential [areas] to the south-west, native vegetation clearing, and visual amenity/streetscape impacts given the size and scale of the proposed building on a prominent corner allotment," it said.
The nearest residential areas are 300 metres south of the site.
"Impacts of the development will be within acceptable limit, subject to mitigation conditions. Approval of the application is recommended," it said.
"The core activities associated with the business include the design and manufacturing (roll forming, bending, punching and assembly of sheet metal components, welding and assembly of building components) to be used principally for self-storage fit out systems, self-storage buildings and fencing systems," it said.
Four signs displaying the word 'Storco' would be placed on the north, south and western facades of the building.
A staff report said due to the monetary value exceeding council limits and council owning the site the DA will be decided by the Western Regional Planning Panel.
However councillors can provide comments on the proposal for consideration by the planning panel at Tuesday's council meeting.
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