The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced approval of the West Byron Bay rezoning application on Friday the 7th of November, 2014. The application included 37% of the land preserved for environmental conservation and management. Information on the zoning is detailed in the State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (West Byron Bay) 2014 under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
PLANNING FOR WEST BYRON IS STILL IN PROGRESS
With the amendments to Byron LEP 1988 for the West Byron Urban Release Area, a Development Control Plan (DCP) is required as per Clause 101. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) previously prepared a draft DCP for the West Byron Site which was exhibited on two occasions in 2011 and in 2013/14. Delegation was returned to Council to complete the DCP. The document has been reviewed and largely rewritten to ensure consistency with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Clause 101 of Byron LEP 1988 and to remove any repetition of provisions in other chapters of Byron DCP 2014. The draft plan was on public exhibition from 22 October 2015 to 4 December 2015. We understand that Council will discuss the submissions received from the community at its ordinary meeting in August 2016.
Over the last 18 months the project team has been working on the infrastructure design for West Byron. The infrastructure design phase was largely a technical process, undertaken by expert consultants engaged by the West Byron Project.
This work confirms the density of the development, how the development fits with the Byron Development Control Plan, the sustainability principles to be adopted for the site, details of the infrastructure for the whole site (location of roads, cycle ways, community facilities etc) as well as the various plans of management i.e. The Environmental Management Plan; The Rehabilitation Plan; The Koala Plan of Management and the Master Stormwater Plan.
The infrastructure design and various plans have been underway during 2016 and will be submitted to Byron Shire Council in late 2016. Council is responsible for Public Exhibition of these documents. It is likely that these documents will be on exhibition later this year.
If the Development Application for Shared Infrastructure Design is accepted by Council following the public exhibition, Byron Bay Landowners Association will be submitting for Construction Certificates; managing the construction of shared infrastructure; registering the Subdivisions etc. This will be followed by each landowner submitting Development Applications for their landholdings according to their time frames. Once these Development Applications are approved, landholders can start releasing their land for sale.