Mayor, I agree, let’s set the record straight. Here’s a fact: the community was denied the right to know about the Linnaeus Estate rezoning to Mixed Use Development. The 25 August 2016 Council agenda reveals that there was no report to Council to endorse the change from Education, as required, and doesn’t include any information about the Linnaeus Estate zone change.
In September 2015 Council resolved to change the zone label from Education Establishment to Private Education Facility. It had been zoned restrictively for Education since 1990. So why was it exhibited with the broad term, ‘Multi Use Development’ in 2016? It’s not a fact that Parliamentary Counsel recommended the change, and if so, why wasn’t that reported? In April 2020 a further report admitted a ‘fundamental error’ that the zone allows Community Title (CT).
All in, a massive increase in development potential without the community knowing.
This represents a lack of procedural fairness, a denial of the community’s right to know about the changes for this significant land.
Recently, a further poor process for the Ecotourism development application (DA).
Who benefits? Not the community and not the environment.
Who’s to blame? Perhaps a council that fails to question the processes we rely on. Byron community Deserves Better.