Current Status


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.

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.

During 2016 – 17 the project team was 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 confirmed 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 were submitted to Byron Shire Council in late 2017.


The West Byron Development Application (DA) was on Public Exhibition by Council from 14 December 2017.  The original closing date for submissions was 7 February 2018. The date was extended with submissions being accepted until 29 March 2018.

The West Byron DA applied for the lands (approximately 58 hectares) to be subdivided into 31 hectares zoned for conservation and 27 hectares to be zoned for low – and medium- density housing, light industrial and a neighbourhood centre.

The DA relevant to these lands is 10.2017.661.1

The documents can be found by copying the following link into your browser:

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Currently the Council and BBWLA are before the Land & Environment Court. If the DA is accepted, the process will require submission of Construction Certificates before the subdivision construction can occur, manage the construction of various stages of the release area and register the subdivisions.