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.