BOOLAROO residents' concerns about access to one of Lake Macquarie's long-term developments have been considered in council's latest plans.
Last week, Lake Macquarie councillors unanimously voted to place a draft amendment of the Pasminco Area Plan on public exhibition for 28 days.
Since industrial activity stopped at the former Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter and Incitec Fertiliser sites in 2003, council has rezoned the area for residential and light industrial purposes.
However, the initial area plan left residents worried about traffic congestion and access to the site, as there was only one entry point via Boolaroo, near Cockle Creek train station.
The amendment proposes two entries, by extending Cardiff's Munnibung Road to a new roundabout on T C Frith Avenue, Boolaroo.
Boolaroo's Lakes Army Disposal owner Stan Kiaos said he was relieved to hear there would be two entries.
However, he still had reservations about traffic congestion and how it could be controlled.
Councillor Ken Paxinos said traffic would be controlled via the roundabout as it would be designed with wide lanes to cater for heavy traffic and the road would have speed-regulating measures such as speed humps.
In the plan, it has been recommended that the Incitec site is also included as part of the development.
The site redevelopment includes new pedestrian and bicycle links, a transport network and housing.
Councillor Wendy Harrison said the redevelopment would also create much-needed employment opportunities in the area.
"It should give a boost to the town of Boolaroo, which suffered with employment after the closure of Pasminco," she said.
Council estimates the plan will be on exhibition by mid-September and community input is welcomed.