Neil and Dorothy Morgan can see their life plans disappearing.
And they have no control over it.
The couple moved into their dream home in Sanctuary Springs seven years ago.
The neighbourhood consists of couples around the same age - the Morgans are in their 70s - with the same realisation that this would be their final home before health issues could possibly see them move into health care accommodation.
But the release of the Orbital Road investigation corridor has scuppered their well-thought out plans.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it will be working closely with residents, businesses and the wider community throughout the planning process to achieve the best outcome.
The orbital road is proposed as an east-west link (Ocean Drive to Oxley Highway), a north-south link (Oxley Highway to Boundary Street) and a flood-free route to the Port Macquarie Airport.
The council opened community consultation about the orbital road on November 22 with teams providing preliminary information to residents within the investigation corridor.
The centre of the "corridor" runs directly through the Morgan's home.
"I don't see how our home will survive," Mr Morgan said.
"We have Emmaus (Catholic Healthcare Emmaus Village) undergoing further expansion which can only push the Orbital Road further across to include our home.
"Our neighbours have done a count and we estimate up to 10 homes would possibly be demolished as the plan stands now.
"We are devastated. There appears to be no alternative plan.
"Council is telling us that this road could be 20 years down the track. Well, I don't have 20 years," Mr Morgan said.
"Council is telling us that this road could be 20 years down the track. Well, I don't have 20 years.Neil Morgan
Mr Morgan says he struggles to comprehend a number of factors associated with the council processes in relation to the road.
These include, if an orbital road was mooted up to 30 years ago, why was the Sanctuary Springs subdivision delivered? Have environmental studies been undertaken on the impacts of the road on the Kooloonbung wetlands that will be impacted by the road? And, why isn't there more than one option for the road?
"There's been no answers (so far) and we have plenty of questions," Mr Morgan said.
"And this road has been knocked back twice already. The most recent time was with the administrator in control of council."
Mr Morgan said most of his neighbours had similar life plans, with the sale of their current respective homes to fund their next move into a retirement village or higher care.
"We are in an impossible situation. Who is going to buy this place with this hanging over our heads? I am just dumbfounded by the whole thing," he added.
He also suggested council's view that the Orbital Road would somehow fix all its traffic woes was misguided.
"What this route will do is just funnel more traffic to the Lake Innes area. I don't see much traffic being shifted because of this orbital road," he said.
"And if council's desire is to build a flood free road to the airport, then why don't they just build the section to the Fernhill Road roundabout via the racecourse, and forget about the east west link.
"This part of the road has no funding, no investigations, now geo-technical work, environmental plan or planning.
"Council's got nothing other than having fixed their sights on this road," he said.
Mr Morgan said their lives are "basically on hold".
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