Residents have raised concerns over Wollongong City Council's plans to allow an extra 212 houses to be built on land bordering the escarpment between Farmborough Heights and Mount Kembla.
Tomorrow night, members of the two Wollongong and central suburbs neighbourhood forums will host a public meeting at Kembla Heights to allow residents of suburbs affected by the council's proposal to discuss their views.
The concept plan, which is on public exhibition until September 13, proposes that up to 78 residential sites could be developed in Farmborough Heights, 107 could be developed in Cordeaux Heights and Mount Kembla could house up to 26 new homes.
A number of zoning changes are also proposed, including some that would give certain areas greater environmental protection.
Neighbourhood forum member Denise McConnachie said she and other residents did not support the proposed development because they believed it would threaten sensitive land at the escarpment foothills and obscure residents' views.
"We believe that the people of Wollongong do not want to see great big houses stretching high up into the bushland above [the city]," Ms McConnachie said.
"These houses would get great views over Wollongong and no doubt would be very exclusive, but we do not want to look at them. And we don't want to have our fauna and flora placed under threat either."
She also said allowing hundreds of houses to be built on grassy land at the edge of Farmborough Heights, Cordeaux Heights and Mount Kembla could set a precedent for future plans for similar sites at Mount Nebo and West Dapto. The plan is part of the council's effort to resolve a long-standing debate over residential subdivision of the land, under consideration since 1993.
Ms McConnachie believed residents needed assurance that environmentally sensitive land would be preserved in the future.
The forum members will meet at 7pm tomorrow at the Kembla Heights Bowling Club and have invited any residents from suburbs affected by the concept plan to attend.