Councillors are being urged to refuse two residential developments near Bomen on the grounds they might put the much-vaunted special activation precinct in jeopardy.
The first application proposes to divide a block of land into 11 residential lots, while the other plans to divide a site into two lots.
Wagga City Council's assessing officer said the sites are within close proximity to the Bomen Industrial Area and key employers within the estate object to the applications' approval.
It is their advice that councillors reject both applications at Monday's council meeting to ensure residential developments do not impede the growth of industry.
It is not the first time the larger of the two developments has been before the council. The land was the subject of a Land and Environment Court hearing in 2015 after Teys Australia Southern, which operates an abattoir at Bomen, attempted to block plans from progressing. The matter was dismissed.
Teys Australia's operations general manager Andrew Ross said in a submission the proposals threatened nearby businesses by constraining the growth of the city's "economic engine".
"We hold serious concerns for the incompatibility in land use which would result if the proposed residential subdivision and development of this site were allowed to proceed," he said.
The application's environmental impact statement said the proposed developments are not expected to hinder the continuing business expansion in the area.
The environmental impact statement for the 11 residential lots subdivision stated the "significant physical separation" of the land from industrial activities ensured the proposal will not be detrimentally impacted by the ongoing future expansion in the Bomen Industrial Park.
"The creation of large-lot residential parcels of land will assist in providing opportunities for residences in close proximity to employment areas to service the needs of both employees and businesses," the statement indicated.
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In a submission to council, Committee 4 Wagga chief executive Alan Johnston said the applicants were within their rights to seek permission to further develop their land holdings.
However, he said the council must ensure the proposed developments have "no detrimental effect" on the existing industrial area and "no unfavourable impact" on current and future government investment in infrastructure.
Mr Johnston said any residential development in the adjoining lands to the Bomen Industrial Park should not impede on the retention or attraction of business to the area.
Wagga councillor Tim Koschel said he predicts the applications will generate an interesting debate at Monday night's council meeting.
He said it was a matter that he was still undecided about, but plans to investigate more, ahead of the final vote.
"The special activation precinct is something we need to protect, but we also have to protect people on existing land," he said.
The city's councillors will vote on the development applications on Monday night.