Two Wodonga councillors have publicly flagged their opposition to a contentious Baranduda supermarket proposal sent to an independent planning panel for judgment.
Development company Nordcon wants to build the 1300 square metre supermarket on land presently zoned residential, but located within close proximity to the Baranduda Community Centre and primary school.
A planning amendment has attracted 34 submissions with a majority of them raising concerns about increased traffic and location and safety issues, prompting the requirement for a panel.
But Cr Libby Hall repeated earlier concerns about the supermarket in its proposed location and Cr Brian Mitchell wanted the amendment abandoned altogether despite a warning from mayor Anna Speedie about making potentially compromising comments on the matter.
"I've got concerns it is in a residential area," Cr Hall said.
"There is limited road access, safety issues of it being next to a school and these views are shared by other residents of Baranduda and by the Baranduda Primary School, which the development will broadly effect.
"Higher traffic flows and truck movements are a real issue.
"This area was earmarked and zoned residential and I believe this was with good reason."
Cr Speedie raised her concerns about councillors potentially compromising themselves in future deliberations after Cr Hall spoke.
"In terms of not conflicting yourself later, having no opinion now is incredibly important because you need to be able to read the panel report and have an open and clear mind," she said.
But Cr Mitchell proceeded to push for the amendment be abandoned even though council planning staff felt "sufficient strategic justification" existed.
"Since this development was first proposed to council it has been plagued with compromise and viability issues," he said.
"It has been intimated to me on a great number of occasions the site has been poorly chosen, is restrictive and not fit for purpose.
"Baranduda residents deserve a supermarket, but it is a dreadful shame these residents have this stop-gap, short-term option."
The inclusion of a liquor licence as part of the planning permit has been withdrawn.