A MAYORAL minute has been used to fast-track the approval of an easement.
The mayoral minute was one of two presented to Bathurst Regional Council's meeting last week, with councillors given several minutes to read over it before voting.
Councillors opted not to discuss the contents of the mayoral minute before voting in favour of the recommendation, which was to approve the creation of an easement for water supply over existing line of pipes within George Thomas Close road reserve.
The mayoral minute noted it was a matter of urgency.
"This is presented as a mayoral minute since the developer of the land is aware that potential purchasers may not be eligible for funding through the Federal HomeBuilder program, which at this stage expires on December 31, 2020," the document read.
"Accordingly, the matter is considered urgent to assist the developer gain registration of the newly created lots through the NSW Land Titles Office."
The report states that council was approached by the developer of Apsley View Estate at The Lagoon regarding the next stage of the development, which will involve subdividing lots 35 and 36.
The developer required council to grant consent for an easement over George Thomas Close, a public road, before the subdivision plans could be registered at NSW Land Registry Services.
Council's engineering department considered the proposal for an easement prior to the mayoral minute being prepared and had no objections to the plans.
For that reason, it was recommended that council approve the easement.
The easement will now cross the recently constructed extension of George Thomas Close.
An alternative option was available, which would have been to have the pipeline easement extinguished, however it would have likely taken longer and therefore put at risk the potential grants available to purchasers.