With Council’s draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy causing alarm and stress within the hinterland community, the Main Arm Residents Association (MARRA) have authored a guide to help residents lodge a submission. But remember this policy also applies to urban areas.
Byron Council’s plan to provide the owners of unauthorised dwellings with an avenue to seek approval has proceeded to the next stage, with councillors dismissing a number of amendments requested by a community group.
In 2011 Barry McIntosh bought his dream home in New Brighton. In 2020 Byron Shire Council told him he would have to demolish significant parts of it. Now he's heading to the Land and Environment Court and has been charged $6,000 in fines.
A change to a crucial definition in the Byron Shire Council’s Draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy that comes to Council this week has been criticised by Community Action Byron Shire spokesperson, Duncan Dey.
Byron Shire Council (BSC) say they are about to take a ‘tough stance on unauthorised development’. Yet for many, this just seems like Groundhog Day. And for others, another example of the failure of Council to implement compliance on existing unauthorised developments.
Caravans, illegal dwellings and unlawful building works are in the spotlight after Lismore City Council won two cases last year in the Land & Environment Court against Nimbin and Monaltrie landholders.