Bangalow exhibition extended

The public exhibition of the proposed rezoning of six areas of land at Bangalow has been extended until Wednesday, May 26

Byron Council’s executive manager of planning, Ray Darney, said interest in the proposed land rezoning at a community information stand held in Bangalow last week was strong.

Mr Darney said 30 people had attended the stand and questions raised were mainly on the number of dwellings, wildlife habitat and the possibility of flooding.

He said consideration had been given to flooding, contamination, noise and wildlife for the rezoning and a more detailed review would occur at the development application stage.

Young families were also keen to know when the blocks of land might come on the market as they saw it as an opportunity to buy land in Bangalow and build a family home, he said.

The six land areas are located at Granuaille Crescent/Rankin Drive, Ballina Street, Thomas Street/Charlotte Street and Parrot Tree Place.

Mr Darney said the residential areas to be developed at Bangalow were originally identified in the 1991 Bangalow Development Control Plan and over the years some of these lands had been developed and new dwellings erected.

“The remaining sites for residential development were included in the 2003 Bangalow Settlement Strategy and in 2006 the Minister for Planning included the small areas in the Far North Coast Regional Strategy,” Mr Darney said.

Mr Darney said the Byron Shire Local Environmental Study 2008 confirmed the proposed sites were suitable for residential rezoning.

He said once released, the land would offer up to 150 new dwellings comprising a mixture of residential house blocks, townhouses and retirement villas.

 The individual areas would be subject to development applications, he said.

The Bangalow planning proposal can be viewed at community access points around the shire and on the council’s website at

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