Multi-storey housing, units and secondary dwellings will be allowed on the eastern edge of the CBD after planning changes were approved by Orange City Council.
The area of East Orange surrounding the former DPI building in Kite Street is gaining planning control approval for developers looking to provide a range of housing.
A key change is allowing the height of buildings in the area to increase from 12 metres to 16 metres.
Approved uses include allowing multi dwelling housing, residential flat buildings, attached dwellings, secondary dwellings, seniors housing and centre-based child care facilities in the area.
A staff report said four submissions were received after the Eastside plans were put on public exhibition.
"Two submissions were received from the one person," it said.
Those submissions gave no details for their opposition apart from the blunt message, "No, no, no, no, no."
However the report said another submission was concerned about the taller building heights being allowed, overshadowing being created and was concerned about a lack of setback to existing houses.
The report said those concerns would be assessed when any development applications came forward.
A fourth submission generally supported the plans but did express concern about a row of houses in Kite Street affecting other properties.
"The submission also noted that additional consideration to be given regarding the narrow laneway to the rear of the Lamrock Terraces if secondary dwellings are to be proposed at the rear," it said. The report said the project was part of the Orange Future City program.
"A portion of the site included in the planning proposal is identified as a special project within the Future City Strategy that proposes mixed [uses] to support locals residing within walking distance of the CBD, while improving the arrival experience into Orange for visitors and residents alike," it said.
While the strategy is aimed at improving residential opportunities in the area small business uses including neighbourhood shops, restaurants and cafes and takeaway food and drink shops would be allowed.
Council this year received a development application for a Guzman Y Gomez Mexican restaurant in the area on the corner of Bathurst Road and Endsleigh Avenue.
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