Councillor 'excited' by plan

THEY are the magic numbers that could open up Dubbo to development if one old-timer is right.

The proposed clear and obvious flat rate for car parking requirements would replace a jumble of obligations that even its author admitted "create(d) confusion".

Dubbo City Council put forward the proposed rate of one space per 25m , which does not mean much to the uninitiated.

But businessman-turned-councillor Bill Kelly believed the change could make all the difference. While the draft Dubbo Development Control Plan 2012 was just one of a number of matters considered in the chamber this week, it was one Cr Kelly was "excited" about.

"I think it will be like opening up a whole new area of the city to be developed and I congratulate the staff," he said.

The draft plan was not released until it was twice considered by the council's strategic land use working party.

Cr Kelly said he was pleased the council had taken on some of the working party's suggestions.

The draft plan deals not only with parking but also access and mobility, economic impact, social impact, heritage conservation, airport controls, environmental management and more.On approval it will replace the council's 14 development control plans, which required updating after the gazettal of the new local environmental plan last year.

Council staff had also recommended a public exhibition period of at least eight weeks. During that time they proposed to roll out a communications strategy, which would include meetings with key stakeholders and the Dubbo building and development industry.

Cr Kelly and Cr Tina Reynolds said their only concern was the exhibition period falling in the summer holiday time.

Council environmental services director Melissa Watkins said the process needed to happen, but assured them they would reach the target audience to gain feedback. The council began advertising the exhibition of the draft plan in the Daily Liberal on Thursday.

Interested people can make comment on the plan, available online and at the council and the Dubbo branch of the Macquarie Regional Library, until January 25.

faye.wheeler@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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