WEST BYRON MEGADEVELOPMENT

IT'S NOT A DONE DEAL

1,000 PLUS HOUSES ON SMALL BLOCKS?

  • This DA and the other West Byron DA (Site R&D Pty Ltd) is intended to build over 1000 houses – a 25% increase in the size of Byron Bay, including Suffolk Park. The town is already strained. Villa World’s revised DA reduces their maximum potential yield from 420 down to 179 primary dwellings, though these can also include secondary dwellings.
  • The build densities violate the Byron Local Environment Plan. The LEP is a legal document and cannot be changed except by Council in a process which requires extensive public consultation. The Site R&D DA is trying to change the rules without going through a public decision making process. This can cause a precedent which can encourage similar DAs around Byron Shire.
  • Site R&D want ‘medium density’ lots in ‘low density residential zones’ on undersized lots. This violates the LEP.
  • The two DAs are not compatible: many things do not match. Some of these are road works, drainage works, services, the plans for fill and more.
  • One example is the problem of street layout for Site R&D: there is inadequate space for swales (drainage), for ‘nose-in’ parking and some sites have no rear access or street parking at all which are required by DCP E8.10.3
  • Whole of site plans are required for difficult issues such as traffic, koalas, biodiversity, acid sulphate soils, storm water, flooding
  • Whole of site plans are also required because of the impacts on the Belongil (part of Cape Byron Marine Park) and the surrounding wetlands which are managed under laws called State Environment Planning and Protection (SEPP 14).