Tamworth's new Global Gateway Park will be home to scores of major industrial export businesses, but that's no reason why it can't also look nice.
A new Tamworth Regional Council development plan would require tenants in the major new business and industrial estate to include trees, to tend to gardens and to maintain a nice facade to fit the city's "positive green image".
On the flip-side the new site-specific planning code for the new industrial estate would get projects off the ground at blinding speed, Manager of Development Sam Lobsey said.
If a proponent can prove their development fits within the plan, a fast-track process could get it signed off within just 10 days.
Mr Lobsey said the estate would be a much nicer place to be and work in than an ordinary, traditional industrial areas.
He said the development controls encouraged developers to "design with nature".
"What we're doing is putting a bit more emphasis on the expectation around the types of landscaping that you put in your industrial block," he said.
The council will also require businesses to build in a consistent pattern within the Global Gateway Park.
"It's really about having a good streetscape presence," he said.
"Your traditional industrial area is fairly bulky, it's fairly hot and not very accommodating. What we're trying to do is introduce a bit more of that green, human-scale elements to the park."
The code also encourages rainwater storage, and on-site retention and reuse of water.
The council plan lays out a vision for a large export-orientated industry, shipping products out of Tamworth to Port Botany export port via the new Intermodal Freight Hub.
The site will the size of Sydney's CBD and will contain 246 hectares of land zoned into 119 hectares of heavy industrial, 60 of light industrial and 67 hectares of business park.
An $11 million stormwater drain for the estate is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Industrial land is already on sale in the new estate.
Many of the industrial sites will be powered by solar energy, as a result of a council plan to give businesses access to cheaper power.
The park's site-specific plan is the first to be rolled out following Tamworth council's adoption of Blueprint 100.
The plans will be on public display until 4pm on Thursday 30 September.
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