Close to 100 Central residents joined forces on Wednesday evening calling for Wagga City Council to lead a community consultation about the Morgan Street proposal.
Local businessman Chris Roche led the discussion, located at a residence on The Esplanade, and identified four major areas of concern if a future development was to be approved.
"The LEP [Wagga Local Environment Plan 2010] is all we're fighting, because that is what sets the guidelines that council will follow ... this may set a precedent for the rest of Central," Mr Roche said.
"We have to allow development that meets the community's expectations and respects what we want to do."
Wagga City Council is in receipt of a planning proposal by property management firm Damasa to amend the LEP.
This proposal seeks to reclassify community land, rezone land, increase building heights from 16 metres to 35 metres and remove the floor space ratio provisions.
Jim and Maureen Doig showed their support and argued they are "astounded" by the lack of community consultation with a proposal of this nature.
"We're not against development; it's making sure that development is cohesive with the town and what the general population is looking for," Mr Doig said.
"I think the council's best interest would be to call a public meeting, put it on display and have question and answer time so that the population can get some answers as to what is going on.
"Part of the problem has been that this was in the council paper with about three lines on it and so you don't pick up on it."
Mr Doig said parking within the Morgan, Murray, Docker and Forsyth streets vicinity is already problematic and worried about the implications of a new height restriction.
"If you're going to force more and more vehicles onto the street, you will create major traffic concerns," he said.
"It's all very well that it's a concept plan now but, ultimately what will be there will affect the community forever."
Damasa director Daniel Donebus told The Daily Advertiser that people will have the opportunity to voice their concerns.
"The proposal that's before council is a flow-on from council's own adoption of urban infill policies; the application is not a development application and no building is being proposed," Mr Donebus said.
"This is merely an application for a change in zoning restrictions; it won't change anything currently in place and no additional construction or development as a direct result if it gets through.
"If it gets through, then any potential development will need to go through the usual and proper development application process, and .... it will need to meet requirement of council and address concerns raised by council or any stakeholders at the time."
Councillor Paul Funnell insisted this proposal was early days and that there needed to be some form of public hearing.
"This is very early days and there are serious issues around traffic management and parking, which is a dog's breakfast and dangerous with a child centre in the same, immediate precinct," Cr Funnell said.
"In fairness everyone has to be completely open and transparent and given the opportunity to ask questions and get truthful, open and transparent answers.
"I think it's important consultation takes place, a form of a public hearing or public meetings; people obviously feel they're being kept in the dark."