A large block of land with one house on it on the edge of Orange is to be subdivided into 11 houses and five community title properties.
Orange City Council this week approved the subdivision of the land on Borrodell Drive.
The lots will range in size from 850 to 1538 square metres.
Council received several objections to the plans from people concerned about the subdivision.
The site of the former Eighteen 70 restaurant in March Street will be converted into two houses under plans approved by council this week.
While the existing restaurant will undergo modifications to convert it into a house a second dwelling will be constructed to front Hill Street.
Council received three objections to the plans however a staff report said the DA satisfied planning requirements with some alterations as proposed by a heritage adviser relating to materials, colours, finishes and landscaping.
Anyone with an outstanding fine for not returning a book or other item on time will escape having to pay it.
Council this week agreed to waive the fines after concerns people with outstanding fines were not coming back to the library.
A staff report said the potential loss of income was about $5200 a year.
"These fines contribute a small amount to the council's income but often lead to families making the decision not to make further use the library's resources," it said.
However, people will need to return the book or other item or replace it before they will be allowed to borrow again.
Councillors and staff have been invited to visit a sister city in Timaru New Zealand, once COVID travel limits are lifted.
However, several councillors said they were concerned about the financial and other implications of such travel.
They said any visits should be up to the next council which will be elected at the December 4 polls.
Cr Kevin Duffy said the sister city links were valuable to councillors, staff and the community.
Cr Jeff Whitton said the Orange Regional Museum was based on a design in Timaru.
Council also backed a campaign aimed at showing respect to people regardless of their age.
The EveryAge Counts campaign seeks to end prejudice against people based on how old they are.
Cr Duffy asked council to show its support, take a pledge against ageism and inform the state and federal governments and the community.
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