Feedback wanted on Appin development proposal

Artist's impression of what Appin's main street with look like once it is landscaped by Walker Corporation, if it's Macquariedale Road rezoning application is approved.
Artist's impression of what Appin's main street with look like once it is landscaped by Walker Corporation, if it's Macquariedale Road rezoning application is approved.

Residents are being urged to give their feedback on Walker Corporation’s Macquaridale Road rezoning application.

Wollondilly Council is exhibiting the proposed third stage of the Appin development.

The rezoning application, if approved, will make way for about 215 houses.

Walker Corporation’s executive planner Gerry Beasley said Walker would invest about $10 million in infrastructure if the development was approved.

This will include $1.2 million on Gordon Lewis Oval, $700,000 for new cycle paths, $2.1 million for undergrounding and overhead power lines.

The main street in front of the shops and parts of Macquariedale Road will be landscaped and $2.5 million will be spent on intersection improvements along Appin Road.

Artist's impression of what Appin's cycle way with look like if Walker Corporation's Macquariedale Road rezoning application is approved.

Artist's impression of what Appin's cycle way with look like if Walker Corporation's Macquariedale Road rezoning application is approved.

“We have worked with the Appin community over many years, amending our plans to align with the community’s desire to maintain Appin’s rural character,” Mr Beasley said.

“As a result, the next stage of the project has been re-designed so that 70 per cent of homes are on traditional 700 square metre lots.

“In response to community concerns, we have also commenced the restoration of the historic Appin Inn at a cost of $1.2 million.

“Works are now well underway on this project with the exterior planned for completion early this year.

“When completed the Inn will be surrounded by a landscape garden and period fencing, facing Appin Road.”

Walker has also pledged to dedicate two thirds of the Appin site as environmental conservation land by preserving the main bushland corridor along Ousedale Creek and committing 54 hectares to conservation – including the funding of permanent maintenance.

In addition, Walker will provide up to $500,000 for the council to use towards Appin based environmental projects that could include koala conservation.

Walker said the development would help create more jobs and viability of local business and would increase sporting and community groups.

If approved, Walker has also committed up to $2.5 million for community projects – such as apprentice training, aged care and supporting local groups such as the Historical Society and sporting associations.

Mr Beasley said Appin Valley and Appin Place were popular developments that have benefited the community.

“With increased investment in infrastructure, community facilities and the preservation of the natural environment, Appin will only keep improving,” he said.

“We are confident the community will benefit greatly from this next stage and we hope that it is supported by Wollondilly Council.”

The council will hold a community information session at Appin Community Hall on February 20 from 6pm to 8pm.

Submissions close on February 28 and the form can be found on the council’s website.