Industry estate compliance concerns

The level of non-complying retail and residential activity at the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate is "unacceptable", according to Byron Council's general manager, Pamela Westing.

Ms Westing said a council compliance audit of the estate revealed that more than half of the activities on the estate lacked the required development consent and of these 25 were regarded as prohibited users.

"This level of non-compliance is unacceptable and the level of retail and residential usage places at risk the intended character of the es- tate," she said.

At the time of the audit there were 258 separate users of the estate.

The council recently held an information evening on the issue with more than 50 people, representing a variety of Byron Bay businesses, attending.


"We received a lot of constructive comments, concerns and feedback that we will give consideration to over the next twelve months," said Ms Westing.

"Specific issues raised such as street parking and traffic management are being addressed by the relevant council departments."

There will be a follow up day in the council's training rooms at the depot in Bayshore Drive on Wednesday, October 20.

Again business owners in the industrial estate are invited from 8am to 7pm to meet with council planning, engineering and compliance staff around a range of issues including development consent and consent conditions.

For more information, or to meet with an officer in the council's planning and compliance section, call 6626 7164 during business hours.

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