The Byron Residents’ Group is urging community input into Council’s plans to raise the height restriction in a particular part of Byron’s CBD.
The proposal, according to staff’s Byron Bay Town Centre – Review of Planning Controls Infosheet, is to raise the maximum allowable height along properties on the beach side of Lawson Street ‘from 9m (two storeys) to 11.5m (three storeys)’.
The justification, according to staff, is ‘to provide a unique zone for the Byron Bay town centre, which is not used anywhere else in the Shire’.
Should the amendments be adopted, it would be part of Council’s Design Excellence Policy and Procedure, yet would presumably also financially benefit those landowners who own the commercial properties along that stretch of Lawson Street.
It is unclear if such adopted changes would prompt similar demands from other landowners within Byron’s CBD.
Not seen from the beachfront
Staff say in the infosheet: ‘The existing slope of the land here is such that a three storey building will not be seen from the beachfront behind a two storey building located on Bay Street’.
‘The change will allow more efficient use of this central land without resulting in any significant visual impacts. This will allow us to adjust the range of land uses allowed in the centre and the rules that apply to those uses, without changing those things for the other centres in the Shire.
‘Minor mapping anomalies of building height for two properties at the southern end of Jonson Street (behind Mitre 10) have also been fixed (now 11.5m)’.
The planning proposal and draft DCP 2014 Chapter E10 are on exhibition until March 28 and documents are available at www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au.