Byron LEP exhibition period extended
THE public exhibition of the Draft Byron Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) has been extended until Christmas.
The extension of the draft LEP public exhibition period was brought before last week's ordinary council meeting by deputy mayor Diane Woods and endorsed by the council.
Manager of land and natural environment, Sharyn French, said the public exhibition period had been extended in response to community requests.
"Submissions to date have totalled approximately 200 and we are expecting many more by the end of the public exhibition period," she said.
The recent call from the Save North Coast Nature group for a formal public hearing into the environmental zones and overlays in the Draft LEP would also be considered after the public exhibition period.
Ms French said a formal public hearing could be requested by the community or the council.
"However the process is for the hearing to be undertaken after all submissions have been received and reported to Council," she said.
She added that council may then choose to hold a public hearing relating to significant issues raised in the community submissions. This would include the environmental zones as requested by the Save North Coast Nature group.
The public hearing would be held prior to the council making alterations on the draft LEP.
Ms French said a council run workshop was being held this Saturday between environmental and rural groups to discuss the proposed environmental zones and how a balance could be achieved.
Presentations on the day will be filmed and made available to the public following the workshop.
In the meantime, Ms French urged interested people to review the draft LEP information on the council website and make a submission prior to Monday, December 24.
Council planners are available for one-on-one appointments and a booking can be made by phoning 6626 7126.