The Bomen Special Activation Precinct has been billed as providing a "generation" of new businesses and jobs for Wagga, but some residents are concerns about fast-tracking industrial development applications.
In January, Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced that Wagga would be the second such precinct in NSW, slashing red tape to create as many as 6000 new jobs over the next 20 years.
However, there has been numerous examples of residents around Wagga objecting to industrial-scale developments over the past few years, claiming a threat to their businesses, amenity or safety.
In 2014, North Wagga resident Maree Crowley objected to noise, spray drift, raised dust from a proposed lawn turf farm near her property.
Mrs Crowley said the potential for rapid approvals in the Special Activation Precinct might not allow residents to be fully informed of upcoming applications and gather enough objectors to speak in front of council.
"I would see that definitely as cause for concern," she said.
"I think most local residents would as well, on the other hand I can see the business benefit as well, but it will have victims."
Mrs Crowley said it was already difficult for many resident to keep track of development applications near them.
"How is the average person going to find out about this stuff, unless they are really on the ball, or saw it in the paper or TV?" she said.
"Most people don't and then they say 'I wish I'd known'."
The NSW government and Wagga City Council are still in the process of developing the planning guidelines for the Special Activation Precinct.
Council general manager Peter Thompson said he had started meeting with residents' groups along with the Premier and Cabinet project lead for the precinct.
"One of the outcomes was that we would establish a liaison to explain how it is unfolding when the precinct starts to progress," he said.
Mr Thompson said the council had begun implementing tree corridors in response to feedback so far.
He described Bomen as "perfect for industry" and noted "the land is already zoned industrial and has been for nearly a decade".
"Why we are embracing it and jumping for joy that it's a great thing for Wagga is that it will be an employment zone," he said.
"For people who live here and want to move here, it will provide a choice of high-quality jobs."
A Department of Premier and Cabinet spokesperson said residents would be involved in the draft master plan process and "progress should not come at the expense of the country lifestyle that makes regional NSW so unique".
"Streamlined processes will be offered to existing and new businesses as incentives to locate in the (precinct), but it is important to note these are not planning shortcuts, nor have residents been forgotten," the spokesperson said.
"Instead, the technical studies informing the master plan are being completed by the NSW Government upfront, providing greater certainty for the community and businesses."
The spokesperson said "technical studies will start shortly with a draft master plan to be completed by the end of 2019" and community information sessions for the precinct will start in the middle of the year.
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