Port Stephens residents are considering their legal options after a company owned by the local mayor was given approval to access a Stockton Bight sandmine.
Bruce Mackenzie's company Macka's Sand has been given conditional approval to build a two-kilometre road, enabling his trucks to access Nelson Bay Road from the mining operation.
The Planning Assessment Commission has ordered a road safety audit after residents raised concerns about an acceleration lane that will allow fully-laden trucks to join the busy arterial road.
The acceleration lane will be opposite Heath Buman's house and he says the fight is not over yet.
"Extremely disappointed when we heard the result," he said.
"We don't know what more hoops we need to jump through.
"We're very concerned about, not just ourselves, everyone who uses Nelson Bay Road.
"It's been approved to an extent until they do a safety audit on our right hand turn into our property.
"The Roads and Maritime Services board in principle didn't do a safety audit in the first place."