Byron Shire Greens councillor Michael Lyon has admitted that multiple section 96s lodged, including a change to operating hours at Sunrise premises Barrio, has led it to becoming a restaurant.
Yet Habitat developer Brandon Saul told The Echo his DA always included a cafe/restaurant. Barrio’s operating hours were later clarified he said, ‘All of which was handled in strict accordance with due process.’
He said, ‘We were completely mystified as to where the particular condition of consent with regard to operating hours came from. It was entirely at odds with all conversations we had with Council and/or the community prior to the DA being decided.’
At Council’s Thursday meeting, staff told councillors that the staff member who originally assessed the Habitat DA had left Council employment.
Cr Lyon added, ‘The good news is that we are able to protect residential amenity through consent conditions in play, including strict noise conditions and also through parking controls. The proponent seems committed to ensuring that residential amenity is no longer impacted, so we will be following up to make sure this happens.’