Boral proposes extension of heavy industrial employment land in Maldon

Picture: Wollondilly Council website.
Picture: Wollondilly Council website.

Some of Maldon's rural lands could soon be transformed into 'industrial employment lands'.

And Wollondilly Council wants to hear feedback from residents about the plan.

Boral Cement Limited has submitted a planning proposal to extend its operations in Maldon, near Wilton.

The proposal submitted to Wollondilly Council seeks to expand the 'heavy industrial employment land' adjacent to the existing Boral Cement and Quarries terminal facilities.

It seeks to rezone the existing RU2 Rural land to IN3 Heavy Industrial, in line with the existing zoning for the Boral Concrete plant on Maldon Bridge Road.

The proposal also mentions creating an E2 Environmental Conservation Zone for 'the dense native vegetation areas and gully leading to Stonequarry Creek'.

The planning proposal report submitted by GLN Planning, on behalf of Boral Cement, states that the Maldon site comprises approximately 22.35 hectares of land.

"The land is located some three kilometres from Picton and six kilometres from the interchange with the Hume Motorway via Picton Road," it stated.

"Importantly, the land is relatively close to the future Wilton Growth Area, which is likely to drive an increase in demand for construction materials from the existing and nominated employment lands in this area as well as provide local employment opportunities."

The Boral Cement facility 'manufactures, processes and stores' construction materials.

The report also states that the plan is in line with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's (DPIE) Wilton 2040 framework.

It states that the framework had already identified the land on the western side of Maldon Bridge Road as future employment land.

"Boral has a rail siding from the Southern Main Rail Line so that the use can operate as a transport distribution terminal and it has funded the roundabout at the intersection of Maldon Bridge Road and Picton Road to accommodate heavy vehicles including B doubles at this site," it reads.

"The Planning Proposal seeks to rezone residue land zoned RU2 Rural Landscapes on the western side of Maldon Bridge Road and Staff Road that has historically been associated with the Boral operation, including land already used and operating as a concrete batching plant and both previous (now demolished) and existing workers cottages that enjoy existing use rights."

Community consultation on the plan will be open until 5pm on June 30, at: www.yoursay.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.