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Byron Shire
September 17, 2021

BEV’s pathway

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In August this year, the planning proposal for BEV and adjoining neighbours was rejected before the reports were shared with councillors.

This resulted in approximately 200 potential homes for affordable housing being lost. The need for homes for housing key workers, who keep our Shire ticking, has never been greater.

A planning pathway for BEV was supposed to manifest in the last 3–4 months.

At Council this Thursday, the next iteration of the Residential Strategy is being discussed and omits entirely any mention of BEV or other eco-village opportunities, despite this being the obvious alternative for greenfield site considerations.

I encourage all residents who value local food production, strong community and protection from short-term holiday letting to contact councillors and ask that this be included.

Given a choice of top-down governance and bottom-up decision making, BEV offers a bright future to our Shire to live, work and learn in an accessible and ungated community.

Worth fighting for. Please add your voice to this growing movement.

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  1. Planning amendments are generally done on broad goals not with particular applications in mind.

    As someone who does value the things you mention I would be more confident to lobby Council if the methods of achieving the BEV goals were more in plainspeak. What exactly does “bottom-up decision making” mean in this context and does it apply to local planning decisions or the modus operandi of the village?

    Exactly what do you mean by affordable housing? Are you talking purchase or rent and what exact dollars are envisaged?


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