Dr Antoinette Ensbey, Bangalow. The development of West Byron is the next drop of poison on a fragile coastal environment. The neighbouring coastal wetlands are indispensable for the life cycle of land- and ocean-dwelling species. This big-scale urbanisation can only... Read More →
The two development applications (DAs) on public exhibition for the West Byron have been extended by Council until March 30. A planned protest last Saturday by the Byron Residents Group against the West Byron proposals was postponed but the group say they are planning another.
The 387-lot West Byron proposal, situated on Ewingsdale Road near Byron Bay, has seen longtime opposition by residents, and the latest attempt to get approval comes without clear traffic management or environmental safeguards, or a clear path to completion.
Andrew Crockett, Mullumbimby. The developer has told you what the West Byron development will look like – now is the time Byron Shire locals can have their ‘say’ on the proposed look and feel of the development. The land was rezoned... Read More →
Byron Council has given you the Christmas holidays to comment on the developer’s grandiose proposals for more than 1,000 houses and a shopping centre at West Byron, and another 16,000 cars a day choking Ewingsdale Road.
A 387-lot proposal for West Byron, to be developed in stages, is now on public exhibition via Byron Shire Council’s website from December 14 until February 7, 2018.
Ben Franklin MLC (Nationals) has broken ranks with his NSW coalition party and has expressed concern about the 290-lot West Byron subdivision that will soon be before the Joint Regional Planning Panel.
Kristen Monty, Ewingsdale It promises to be a glorious winter day. The whales are passing the Cape; there’s a light southerly wind, you’re planning on a walk, surf, visit to the Farmers Market. Hold on! You’d better leave home before 7:30... Read More →
Jo Faith, Newtown. It was interesting to hear from a community member at the recent Byron Community Meeting addressing the proposed West Byron development that Terry Agnew (a partner in the development) stated words to the effect that due to... Read More →
An extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting to discuss the West Byron development has been called for tomorrow at the Mullumbimby chambers. It comes as residents and some councillors met Monday night at the Byron Community Centre to work out a strategy against.
First it was battling the high rise – now it is the suburban sprawl. The DA for West Byron's first suburban subdivision is currently on exhibition and concerned residents are coming together this Monday July 3 at the Byron Community Centre at 6pm to learn how to make informed submissions on the DA.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I am disgusted with Council’s attempt to shift blame for their failure to prepare a Development Control Plan (DCP) for West Byron onto the state government (Echonetdaily 7/6/2017 Planning minister silent over West Byron development control plan).... Read More →
Planning minister Anthony Roberts (Liberal) has not responded to communications from Byron Shire Council advising him it would take two months to have the proposed development control plan for the controversial West Byron suburb peer reviewed.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. It is no wonder that people are disillusioned with politics as it does not matter who we vote for because nothing changes. After all our efforts to get a better outcome for West Byron our justified... Read More →
Paul Gannon, Coopers Shoot. While I do not necessarily and wholeheartedly support the West Byron development it is with a sense of irony that I read of some people’s concern, eg councillor Cate Coorey, regarding NSW Planning Department’s attitude towards... Read More →
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment continues to act as a propaganda public relations unit for West Byron developers, with a press release last week again spruiking one of the largest urban and commercial land release areas in a generation on sensitive wetlands.
NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts (Liberal) has threatened Byron Shire Council he will personally intervene unless a development control plan for West Byron is produced to his liking – and timing.
A planning ‘instrument’ that gives the community and councillors a say on one of the largest Byron Bay suburbs in a generation has been circumvented by Gold Coast developer Villa World Ltd.
Jo Faith, Newtown. Travelling the east coast stretch of highways from the south to the north reveals moments of good news and bad news. Good news was revealed in some townships along the route: they have flashing lights warning drivers... Read More →
Byron Shire Council has announced that the draft West Byron Development Control Plan (DCP) is to be independently peer reviewed, which council says it would like to take place prior to its endorsement.
A proposal by West Byron developers to amend Byron Shire Council’s major planning policy to allow sewerage infrastructure in environmental zonings is up before the council this Thursday (October 28).
Mary Gardner, Byron Bay. The juxtaposition of the Byron Residents Groups concerns (‘claims’ if you like) and the staff planner comments shows how misunderstandings criss-cross one on top of another. The DCP is to present the ‘rules’ for the entire site, the general principles that are to be met before any breakdown in to individual DAs.
With the December 4 deadline looming for public submissions on the West Byron development control plan, a public meeting was recently held by the Byron Residents’ Group, which a spokesperson says raised a number of ‘inconsistencies’.
The NSW Nature Conservation Council has welcomed a state government coastal management reform package, which it hopes will set a higher bar for the development of fragile coastal areas such as Belongil.
Developers of the controversial West Byron housing estate want to build the main drain for the flood prone area on land zoned as E2 (environmental).