Anyone aware of classic developer tactics will be aware of what is called the ‘ambit claim’.
This is where the developers put forward a proposal that is initially totally over the top. If, for some reason it gets approved anyway, they are over the moon.
As often happens though, negotiations take place. The developers can then portray themselves as being reasonable and listening to community concerns by scaling back their proposal to a degree.
The end result is often still way over the top but some individuals and politicians get sucked in by this tactic.
The developers though are still stoked (even if publicly disappointed), and the community still has a development that is totally inappropriate.
The massive proposal at West Byron has a good chance of proceeding in this way I suspect.
This proposal is before the NSW government (not the local Byron Shire Council) and therefore (Ballina MP and Minister for the North Coast) Don Page has some influence.
Byron Bay, and the site itself, just can’t digest this development for all sorts of reasons, even if tinkered with around the edges a bit.
Don, I think many in the community would be disappointed if you claimed some sort of victory if some minor scaling back gets final approval from your government.
Please request the Minister for Planning to just say ‘No’, and hand it all back to local council where it belongs.
Mark McDermid, Broken Head