The system Orange City Council will use to share the cost of building a road underpass with developers of a new subdivision is now on exhibition for community comment.
A proposed change (Amendment 17) to Orange’s Local Environmental Plan is seeking to enable a residential equine precinct to the west and south of Towac Racecourse.
Because the route of the proposed Southern Feeder Road is also planned to run along the same edge of the racecourse, a road underpass needs to be built to let residents and horses travel safely under the road.
As the underpass will primarily benefit the residents of the new precinct, a Planning Agreement has been negotiated with the relevant landowners which would determine how to pay for the cost of Council building the underpass.
This will ensure the broader ratepayer base is not financially impacted, preserve the Southern Feeder Road corridor, and ensure the safety of horses and riders alike.