The site for a possible second KFC store in Orange as part of a fast food restaurant hub is a step closer to going ahead.
Orange City Council has approved changing the use of land opposite the Bunnings store on the Northern Distributor Road from light industrial to allow for purposes including fast food restaurants.
The site is bordered by Leeds Parade and the railway line.
Melbourne-based developers The Jasbe Group had sought the changes to accommodate the second stage of its projects in the area.
It has already had a highway service centre, Oporto restaurant and cafe approved.
Jasbe's Paul Morgan told council in July about 240 jobs would be created in the project that would see up to $45 million invested in Orange.
He said they were "in advanced talks" with fast food restaurants for the site.
"We have already had pre-commitments from Carls Jr. and KFC, as well as Oporto," he said.
He said the fast food restaurants would create 180 jobs while the service centre would create 60 jobs.
It is expected about five fast food restaurants could be opened on the site.
After being placed on public exhibition council received a submission from a nearby resident who opposed the development on a range of grounds.
"We feel this development would impact our lives quite dramatically," they said.
They said they were already concerned about a separate business near them that created noise and "ugliness."
"The placement of a busy fast food precinct would intensify this noise and give an even greater impact to our living environment," they said.
"[With] a fast food business we would also have the continual smell of fast food preparation and disposal of food waste."
They requested the planting of a large buffer zone around the development and "no ugly industrial fencing."
A staff report to council said "the concerns raised regarding light pollution, noise, visual and odour amenity impacts will be considered as part of the assessment of any future development application."
It said a three-metre buffer zone plus buildings being set-back would be sufficient to minimise the impact the development would have on nearby residences.
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