Major development applications lodged for Byron and Bangalow
'TIS the season to be... submitting DAs to Byron Shire Council.
Two major development applications have been submitted, with both on the council's website and a public exhibition period originally set to December 23, now extended to January 17.
The developments are for a two-storey residential and retail building at 9 Station St, Bangalow and a new shopping and cinema complex at 108-110 Jonson St, Byron Bay (where the cinema is) with two levels of underground car parking and new supermarket.
This is the second time the 9 Station St development has been submitted, after it was rejected by the council in April, primarily on the grounds it was out of keeping with Bangalow's style, the council's executive manager environment and planning, Ray Darney said.
"It was refused in April because of its bulk and scale and it was felt it detracted from the character of the street and was inconsistent with Bangalow's heritage.
"It (the new DA) will be assessed on its merit and we expect a determination by February or March," he said.
"The owner, Gordon Highlands Pty Ltd accepted council's decision and asked that we design a building that would be more acceptable to the local community and the council," project co-ordinator and town planner, Paul De Fina said.
The new proposal is for a lower development including eight residential units and three shops with basement car parking for 21 with appearance, building materials and external finishes complementing buildings in the heritage precinct with regards to scale, bulk and streetscape, Mr De Fina said.
Meanwhile, the Azzura cinema complex - a proposed redevelopment and subdivision of the Mercato Shopping Centre at the southern end of what is known locally as the Woolies carpark - has been lodged.
It features a massive atrium glass front entrance; ground-floor supermarket, first floor retail shops, two levels of basement parking and terrace area.
While a DA for KFC was knocked back in the same area partly due to parking shortages, the Azzura DA was attempting to address that through underground parking, Mr Darney said.
"The primary issue with this new development will be the aesthetics," Mr Darney said.
WHEN the retail and residential development of 9 Station St was first proposed, the application met with fierce community opposition.
A town meeting was held in January this year, ahead of the application being later refused by the council in April, with many arguing the development didn't preserve the heritage and village character of the town.
While the developers say they have addressed this issue in their latest design, there is still opposition to the development among the parent community at nearby Bangalow Primary School.
"Our main concern remains the extra traffic that will be added along Station Lane," Bangalow P&C vice president, Pete Doherty said.
"We have children crossing that lane to and from school every day," he said.
Traffic from the building will exit through Station Lane, and children from the school use the lane to get to classes in the RSL and A&I halls, Mr Doherty said.
"Anything that increases traffic on that lane increases the risk to our children," he said.