Council urgency motion to defer Byron West re-zone

Byron Shire Council is to consider an urgent motion at Thursday's council meeting requesting the State Government defer its decision regarding rezoning of land for a major development at West Byron.

Proponents of the development want the site rezoned to allow for a residential development that will include up to 1100 homes and retail and light industrial businesses.

The motion, to be put by Mayor Simon Richardson, notes, "...the deep concern of the broad community regarding the adequacy of the planning processes as part of the assessment of suitability for rezoning the West Byron Urban Release Area.

It goes on to request the re-zoning decision be deferred until a comprehensive traffic study is undertaken, a site-specific Acid Sulphate Soils Study has been produced, the Byron Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) is completed, the Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) is completed and A baseline assessment of the Belongil creek/estuary is completed to more accurately measure future impacts.

"Our Group is pleased that the Mayor shares our concern that the Department of Planning has not followed due process with regard to the rezoning, in some cases not even following its own guidelines," said Cate Coorey from the Byron Residents' Group.

"We are pleased that Mayor Richardson has recognised these shortcomings. In the light of the current ICAC inquiry, which has revealed rorting of the planning process by political and developer interests, it is imperative to the community that there be a transparent process that meets all guidelines."



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