Another Byron growth forum planned

Excerpt from the cover of the Byron Draft Residential Strategy 2016. Source Byron Shire Council

Another forum to inform and discuss Byron Shire’s population and development growth will be held when the draft Residential Strategy goes on exhibition later in the year, according to Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) president Matthew ‘Cleva’ O’Reilly.

O’Reilly told The Echo the July 7 forum at the Byron Community Centre Cavanbah Room ‘was well attended with around 100 people from all different political and social groups represented.’

‘The three hours allocated were simply not enough to cover all the issues and there was strong support for a follow-up forum, which will be focused on solutions.’

Urban planner and policy analyst professor Nicole Gurran, realtor Chris Hanley and environmentalist Dailan Pugh all presented to the group at the July 7 forum.

In Pugh’s presentation, he claimed that the dwelling targets of 104 per annum had been well exceeded since 2006/7. He said, ‘In just five years we have provided over half our 25-year target. Who in their right mind would think we need more land releases? Byron Council, that’s who.’

Pugh says than in 2014, Council amended its Local Environment Plan (LEP) to allow secondary dwellings on all rural and urban lots (5,000 rural lots greater than one ha).

‘Then in 2016, the draft Rural Land Use Strategy proposed another six rural areas (2,732 ha) for large lot residential, multiple occupancy and community title developments. The result was 415 to 815 dwellings (370 – 740 around Main Arm and The Pocket).’

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