The development application (DA) for West Byron’s first suburban subdivision is on currently on exhibition and concerned residents are coming together this Monday July 3 at the Byron Community Centre at 6pm to better understand the proposal and how to respond to the DA.
‘It is what we feared – cheek by jowl suburbia which obliterates threatened species habitat and that is just the beginning of what is wrong with it,’ said the call out for the urgent meeting by the Byron Residents’ Group.
The Queensland based development company, Villa World, is aiming to subdivide this first section into 290 lots that will provide 330 to 360 dwellings with more to be added in the future.
‘The document for this DA is massive, it is thousands of pages,’ said Byron shire councillor Cate Coorey.
‘This meeting is about helping people work their way through it and put together informed submissions and comment. For a lot of people it is impenetrable as wells being expensive to download.’
Due to the cost of construction for West Byron being over $20 million the Northern Rivers Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), who approve around 98 per cent of submissions, are the determining body not the Byron Shire Council.
Byron Shire Council have also called an extraordinary meeting on Thursday July 6 to prepare a response to the West Byron DA.
‘The community should attend and be part of the process,’ stated the Byron Residents’ Group.
‘We have to let Council and the JRPP know what the community thinks about this ugly, overdeveloped suburbia being dumped on this sensitive site.’
The meeting will be attended by a number of Byron shire councillors.
The DA is on exhibition until July 12.