Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council is hopeful that a compromise for the Yass Road re-alignment can be found as a result of a meeting with nearby businesses on Thursday.
The council and NSW Roads and Maritime Services are due to meet with properties that fear their road access, and therefore ability to trade, would be impacted by a plan to change the road to accommodate a new service station.
The entry to Barnes Street was set to be re-aligned.as part of works to improve safe access for traffic that would be using the service station and travelling on the Olympic Highway.
However, some businesses had raised concerns that their road access would be cut off.
Not-for-profit disability employer Elouera Association chief executive Allan Young believed the re-alignment would affect shipping out wooden pallets from the association’s factory.
“It’s good to see new businesses being developed in town but it can’t be at the expense of existing ones so a balance needs to be found for everyone,” he said.
Council general manager Allen Dwyer said he hoped the meeting would move the RMS and Barnes Street businesses close to a compromise.
“The council can only advise attendees on what our most recent discussions with the RMS are, and what we hope will be a satisfactory outcome,” he said.
Mr Young said the Association had been made aware of the service station’s planning application but not the road details.
Mr Dwyer said the proposal form land rezoning was widely advertised to all landowners.
“Nobody takes any notice of that until there are concrete plans out there that might interfere with their existing conditions,” he said.
“Council is doing everything it can in conjunction with the RMS to accommodate all the existing users and minimise inconvenience, while keeping it safe for the additional traffic.”