Feedback from the community is being sought on a proposal to rezone land in Bangalow for residential housing.
The site, which is about 10,000 square metres, is located at the end of Charlotte Street.
Byron Council’s acting executive manager of environment and planning, Sharyn French, said the rezoning proposal was the result of initial work done last year by the landowners, the council and NSW Planning.
Ms French said a rezoning proposal for land identified in the Bangalow Settlement Strategy 200
3 as being suitable for residential housing was submitted to NSW Planning last year.
She said the proposal did not encompass a portion of land included in the settlement strategy that later studies revealed to be flood-prone.
“To account for the flood-prone land left out of the rezoning proposal, the property owners included other land adjoining the settlement strategy area,” she said.
“While the balance of the settlement strategy land was rezoned in August 2010, NSW Planning rejected the inclusion of the adjoining land in the rezoning proposal.
“The land owners have now responded to Planning’s concerns, and the department is satisfied the rezoning proposal for the adjoining land should proceed to public exhibition.”
Ms French said that as part of ensuring land development in the Byron Shire proceeded in an appropriate way, further assessment of the rezoning beyond the public submission period would take place.
She said once public submissions on the rezoning closed, council staff would prepare a submission report which would go to a council meeting.
If approved by councillors, the final rezoning proposal would be sent to the department, which would amend the Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to reflect the changed land use.
Ms French said once this process was completed, it would be up to the land owners of the rezoned property to submit a development application for the residential subdivision.
“Any application to develop the land will be considered on its merits at the time of the application, and of course there will also be a public consultation process regarding any proposed development,” she said.
It is expected the rezoning could provide about 10 to 12 new residential lots, taking improved vehicle access in the area into account.
The rezoning proposal is on exhibition for a period of 14 days from January 27 to 4pm, February 9.
The plans can be viewed at the council’s Mullumbimby offices, the Bangalow Post Office, and on council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/PublicExhibition.
Written submissions should be addressed to The General Manager, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby, NSW 2482, clearly marked “Submission – Bangalow Planning Proposal.”
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