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Developers have called for the the sewer for the new West Byron suburb, with 500 new homes planned, to run through E2 and E3 environment zones. Image NSW Planning

A proposal by West Byron developers to amend Byron Shire Council’s major planning policy to allow sewerage infrastructure in environmental zonings is up before the council this Thursday (October 28).

The infrastructure would include stormwater management, earthworks, water reticulation and sewer reticulation works, and the developers are hoping that it could be built in E2 and E3 environmental zones.

These zones are detailed in the local environment plan (LEP) and would need to be amended for it to be allowed. In the previous council term, the council majority approved the plans, but stipulated that the infrastructure must cross E zones, not to run parallel to/along them.

Planning dept suggest minimising impacts

The staff report says the NSW planning department reply indicates that was not permissible; however it suggested a clause that would ‘ensure works in the environmental zones are properly considered and impacts minimised at the DA stage.’

The controversial new suburb is located opposite the Arts and Industry Estate on Ewingsdale Road, with at least 800 homes slated.

Additionally, a planning policy specific to West Byron will be thrashed out in the council chambers this Thursday.

Staff have recommended the West Byron development control plan (DCP) be adopted with a few minor amendments.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Mixed metaphores are just wonderful as it brings to mind Joh.
    From the story:
    ‘ensure works in the environmental zones are properly considered and impacts minimised at the DA stage.’

    When works are in environmental zones they would be considered according to the environment so being “properly considered’ and considered properly there would be no impacts. But the second half of the sentence say there are impacts.
    Does that mean they were not properly considered but improperly considered in environmental zones.

  2. Good response Toby. It seems to appeal to that nice old exploitation of staying ‘nice, reasonable and ever so middle class” whilst continuing to F….U.. the environment! These linguistic gymnastics are nasty political strategies that chip away at valid environmental legalities.

    Its OK for us to say NO NO NO. …. stick to the Environmental Laws.

    Shame on Council for supporting alterations to the DCP…. and stating that they are ‘minor alterations”.

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