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Mayor again bids to stall govt’s West Byron decision

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Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson is hoping fellow councillors will support him in a bid to ask the state government to defer a decision on the controversial West Byron development.

In a notice of motion due to be put at this Thursday’s council meeting, Cr 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’ and calls for Council to ‘request the minister of planning [Pru Goward] to defer the assessment of suitability for rezoning the West Byron Urban Release Area’.

The move follows an urgency motion on the same issue at last month’s meeting, which failed on the vote of fellow Greens Party councillor Rose Wanchap.

Studies called for

The deferment would depend on a comprehensive traffic study ‘that follows RMS (formerly RTA) guidelines and accounts for the all impacts of the traffic generated by the full 1,100 homes and all the traffic generated by the proposed retail and light industrial businesses’.

Cr Richardson also wants a ‘site-specific acid sulfate soils study’.

‘This is fundamental to assessing the site’s suitability for the proposed … zoning and would assess the likely impacts of the proposed development and associated drainage works on the health of the Belongil estuary.’

Cr Richardson also wants to see the Byron Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) and the Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) completed before the development site is considered for rezoning.

Given past voting patterns it is unlikely the mayor will have the numbers to get his motion up. Of the nine-member council Crs Cubis, Hunter, Wanchap, Woods and Ibrahim are likely to vote against the motion.

In related news the Byron Residents’ Group has called an urgent meeting to discuss the West Byron plans. The meeting will be held at the Byron Sport and Cultural Complex on Wednesday June 11 at 6.30pm.


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