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Pave paradise and put up another shop

John Lazarus, Byron Bay

There are a number of Council-proposed changes that together effectively form a new increased commercial rezoning of a large area of central Byron Bay.

The proposed reclassification of Railway Park, the proposed rezoning of the area beside Railway Park in front of the railway station, the proposed new ‘community’ commercial LEP zoning of the rail track, the proposed ‘community’ commercial use of the station building, the proposed ‘community’ commercial rezoning of the south Lawson Street carpark (that butts up to Railway Park behind the shops, that is between the back of the Jonson Street shops and the rail line). Then there is the proposed Masterplan extension of central business district zone, rezoning Butler Street and the Masterplan commercial proposals for the Butler Street reserve.

All these re-zonings tie together to form a new increased area of intensity of commercial activity. Community-informed development? I don’t think so. Give your favourite councillor a call.


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