Proposal for 25 rural residential lots on council’s agenda

There could be more opportunities for rural residential lots in Dubbo if a planning proposal before Dubbo Regional Council is given the green light.

A development application has been submitted to council to rezone 132 hectares of land on Camp Road. The land is currently classified as SP3 Tourist and is used for dryland agriculture, including the grazing of stock.

However the applicant wants to rezone the land so it can be turned into rural residential blocks in the future.

In the planning proposal submitted to council, the applicant ruled out a tourist development for the land. For it to be successful it would require a significant investment more suited to a government organisation or corporation, they said. The demand for tourism facilities was also limited.

However, the applicant said the rezoning could see the land developed into rural and residential lots while protecting the natural features.

“A layout for a potential subdivision of the subject land has been prepared which provides a total of 25 rural residential lots varying in size from three hectares to 7.59 hectares,” they said.

Demand for rural lots in Dubbo was quite high, they said. Of those lots which have previously been on the market, the majority had been in excess of ten hectares putting them in a different class to the proposed development, the applicant said.

“In close proximity to Dubbo there are very few opportunities for rural lifestyle development, with the subject land offering short travel times to the Dubbo CBD. Future road links will increase the connectivity to and from Dubbo,” they said.

“The Dubbo Zirconia Project is commencing work and is anticipated to employ over 240 people to staff their mining and processing operations… It can be reasonably expected that, if the rezoning proposal and subsequent development occurs, many employees of the Dubbo Zirconia Project will find the subject land an attractive place to live.”

The applicant said the area also wasn’t considered to be prime agricultural land as the soil type was not suitable for intensive agriculture and water irrigation was not available.

The development application will go before the planning, development and environment committee on Monday night for determination before a final decision is made at the December ordinary council meeting on Monday night.