150 Lismore Rd in Bangalow is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.
150 Lismore Rd in Bangalow is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.

7 new industrial areas flagged for Byron. Where? How?

A NEW strategy that will inform future decision-making on industrial precincts in the Byron Shire has been approved by the state government.

Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy includes seven "investigation areas" at Billinudgel, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay West, Bangalow and three areas near Gulgan Rd.

Those areas may be considered for planning proposals down the track.

These areas at 66 The Saddle Rd in Brunswick Heads is one of the investigation areas in the strategy.
These areas at 66 The Saddle Rd in Brunswick Heads is one of the investigation areas in the strategy.

An earlier version of the document was adopted by councillors in December last year and sent on to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The department indicated conditional approval, pending some amendments, in May and a new version was adopted in a 5-3 vote by the council in August.

The council received formal word of the strategy's approval in September.

At the August planning meeting, Cr Cate Coorey argued they should not include the areas known as Gulgan East, Gulgan West and Gulgan North, given the planning department had indicated a preference for the other sites.

This 2.4 hectare area on Manns Rd in the Mullumbimby Industrial Estate is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.
This 2.4 hectare area on Manns Rd in the Mullumbimby Industrial Estate is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.

Matthew O'Reilly from the Saddle Ridge Local Area Management and Planning Association accused the council's staff of misrepresenting data from an expert report to increase the amount of land flagged for investigation.
Cr Alan Hunter said the currently available industrial land was "quite fragmented" and staff confirmed the available, industrial-zoned land was revised after land use constraints were taken into account.

A section of land west of the Pacific Highway, off the southern Gulgan Rd interchange, is one of the investigation areas.
A section of land west of the Pacific Highway, off the southern Gulgan Rd interchange, is one of the investigation areas.

A staff member told councillors they also had to acknowledge some landowners would keep properties "landbanked".

According to 2017 HILLPDA data relied upon in the strategy, the Byron Shire has 126ha of business and industrial-zoned land, 35 of which had not been developed.

 

This area at 268 Ewingsdale Rd is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.
This area at 268 Ewingsdale Rd is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.

In general terms, the areas flagged in the strategy could see the shire's business and industrial land double.

The State Government's North Coast Regional Plan has estimated the North Coast's population will grow by 76,200 by 2036.

 

 

These areas, referred to as
These areas, referred to as "Gulgan East", between Grays Lane and Gulgan Rd, are among the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.

Of those additional residents, 6,400 are expected to live in the Byron Shire.

Data used in the strategy indicates there would be "a medium to long term shortfall of business lands in some centres which will contribute to increased competition for business and space".

 

This
This "minor expansion area" in Lucky Lane in the Billinudgel Industrial Estate, is one of the investigation areas for possible industrial use identified in Byron Shire Council's Business and Industrial Lands Strategy.


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