Councillors have backed plans for 500 homes and a new primary in a north-east community.
Moray Council awarded planning permission in principle to Pitgaveny Estate for the development at Findrassie to the north of the town.
The proposals, which also include cycle paths, are just the first phase of a masterplan which could eventually see 1,500 homes being built.
The landowner revealed a public consultation would begin shortly as developer Barratt draws up final plans.
The application was unanimously approved at a meeting of the planning committee.