A SHOPPING complex for Wagga's northern suburbs has been all talk for almost a decade, but the city's council hopes it could help the project move forward.
At Monday night's meeting councillors will be asked to lift a zoning restriction on land at the corner of Avocet and Rainbow Drive, which is currently reserved for open spaces.
By doing this the developer said, in its planning proposal, they will have a sufficient size area to build the shopping centre.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said he was hopeful this could be a step in the right direction after 10 long years waiting for movement on the proposed shopping complex.
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It comes as no surprise that the city's northern suburbs have rapidly grown during this time, and as Wagga plans for a population of 100,000 it shows no sign of slowing down.
Therefore Cr Conkey said the need for this development is only becoming increasingly important as more people look to live in the city's north.
"It is the fastest growing area in Wagga and second fastest growing area of its type in the state so it is important we provide services and facilities out there," he said.
"This is a very positive step towards that. I'm sure the residents will welcome this. They have been agitating for quite some time to get this additional facility."
Although the councillors could approve the rezoning of land, Cr Conkey said the city will still be at the mercy of the developers behind the project.
"We can plan, but it up to them to put the facilities in ... it is up to them to determine if it will be a feasible option to put such as facility out there, and we certainly believe it is," he said.
"It is a growth area and people expect to have these services."
Estella resident Matthew Hawker has lived in the northern suburbs for about nine years.
He was among those pushing for service upgrades from the very beginning, including a coffee shop, a bottle-o and a petrol station.
"It is those little things that would be great, so we don't have to go into town," he said.
"It would 100 per cent improve the livability of the area."
But as the years passed and no movement, Mr Hawker said he would not hold his breath.
"Until earthworks start I won't get too excited," he said.
"It's 10 years in the making, but at what point is it going to happen. I think a lot of us stopped even thinking about it."
Wagga councillors will vote to rezone the land at Monday night's meeting.