Amendment 26 to Orange’s Local Environment Plan
Orange City Council has placed a re-zoning proposal on exhibition for community comment.
Called Amendment 26, the proposed change to the Orange Local Environmental Plan, aims to change the zoning of part of the site (Precinct 1) of the private hospital in Forest Road.
The proposal is change the zoning from R1 (General Residential) to B2 (Local Centre).
The proposal aims to improve convenience offerings for local residents and people working in the vicinity by providing appropriate retail opportunities, alongside the services provided by the Bloomfield Private Hospital.
The intended outcome of the proposal is to enable the currently approved retail complex in Precinct 1 of the Bloomfield Private Hospital Site to include an appropriately sized supermarket.
The proposed centre is planned to include the following retail elements:
Stage 1 – a small supermarket (1,649m²), one mini-major tenant (416m²) and specialty space (845m²). The assumed first full year of operation of the proposed development is 2020-21; and
Stage 2 – expansion of the supermarket to 3,000m², an additional mini-major tenant of 936m² and a further 856m² of specialty floorspace. The expanded centre is assumed to be operational by 2024-25.
The EIA report states that the proposed Stage 2 supermarket expansion will absorb some of the specialty floorspace developed in Stage 1, meaning that the overall centre will contain approximately 4,800m² once stage 2 is completed. This would make the proposed centre almost the same size as the existing North Orange centre.
This planning proposal relates to stage 1 only and is anticipated to serve the local workforce of the health precinct in and around Forest Road. The subsequent stage 2 of the concept will be dependent upon growth in the resident population in South Orange and will therefore be subject to a separate planning proposal in due course.
The staged approach is intended to ensure that the trading performance of the main Orange CBD is not undermined.
The deadline for submission from the community is close of business 19 June 2020.
You can find more information about making a submission to Council here.
These documents contain more information about the proposal.