A decision on whether to allow a KFC in Byron will be made in council this week.
A decision on whether to allow a KFC in Byron will be made in council this week. Allan Reinikka

Sorry Colonel: Council staff recommend against KFC in Byron

THE application to open a KFC outlet in Byron Bay is to be considered by council this week - with staff recommending against it.

The development application (DA) will be determined at council on Thursday and insuffcient car parking could be the grounds on which councillors knock it back.

Council's head of planning, Ray Darney, said the applicant had applied to fitout out an existing tenancy in Jonson St as a food shop and restaurant.

Mr Darney said the main concern was car parking which was inadequate when assessed under the Development Control Pan 2010 and the objectives of the 3(a) Business Zone under Byron Local Environmental Plan 1988. 

Would you like to see a KFC in Byron?

This poll ended on 21 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes, I love it

50%

No, it's not the right fit

50%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The land use proposed within the development application falls short by 7.39 car spaces when assessed against the council's development controls.

Mr Darney said there was no available space to increase car parking numbers on site and while the payment of parking section 94 developer contributions was available in Byron Bay, the applicant had not offered this alternative.

"There are other concerns relating to signage and toilet facilities, but these could have been addressed by consent conditions," he said.

Council has received two submissions in support, one neutral, 347 objecting and five petitions in objection to the development with a total of 4197 signatures.

Mr Darney said all submissions are assessed on merit against the planning regulations.

FINGER-LICKING SPOT: The proposed home for a KFC franchise at Byron Bay.
FINGER-LICKING SPOT: The proposed home for a KFC franchise at Byron Bay. Gary Chigwidden


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