MARIO Bicer will soon know whether the $500,000 he spent modifying his Mount Druitt house for his wheelchair-bound son was worth it.He is one of many homeowners who have anxiously waited almost a year to find out whether Blacktown Council will acquire their homes to be rezoned as public recreational space.
The Bicers were one of 65 households in Mount Druitt who were notified in January that the council wanted to rezone their homes under the Blacktown Local Environment Plan (BLEP).
Another 50 homes could be rezoned in Rooty Hill.
Mr Bicer fears he won't find another house like his, which he modified for son Veli several years ago.
"We haven't had any answers all year," he said.
"My wife and I are responsible for Veli and do everything for him. We have everything we need here."
The proposal has taken its toll on neighbour Nelson (surname withheld).
"It's had a big impact on our lives because it's all we worry about," Nelson said.
"It will be another 10 to 15 years before the council will acquire our home but it will kill us early. My wife and I don't sleep at night."
There's end in sight after council directors announced at last week's meeting that a meeting regarding BLEP had been pencilled for December 9 at Bowman Hall.
The meeting will include a two-hour public forum where pre-registered speakers have two minutes to plead their case, or five for those representing 10 residents or more.
Ten council staff are finalising a 200-300-page report expected to be presented to councillors by Friday. They will then be briefed by the council next week.
The council will write to more than 600 residents who lodged submissions regarding the BLEP, advising them about the extraordinary meeting and details about pre-registering.
Councillors are expected to vote on the BLEP at the meeting but Labor councillors want it deferred until February.
"The timing of this doesn't give us an opportunity to properly look at a report which has been worked on for two years," Councillor Edmond Atalla told the council.
Indira Devi has set up Blacktown Residents Voice for affected residents like herself.
She led a rally of 150 people at Blacktown's Village Green last week and addressed the council later, where she pleaded for empathy.
"We're human beings, just like you," she said.