Main Beach at Byron Bay.
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Forum to look at white paper’s impact on Byron Shire

THE NSW Department white paper on its proposed new planning system is a mixed bag for Byron Shire, said the council's executive manager of planning Ray Darney.

In a statement, Mr Darney has encouraged residents to attend one of the many forums being staged on the white paper throughout the state by the NSW Department of Planning.

He said a review of the planning system was necessary and solutions on how to make the approval process faster were welcome along with the community having increased input at the regional level.

But he said the proposed top down approach along with fewer local planning zones, could see homogeneous housing areas arise and nearby residents not being informed about impending development until the builders arrive on site.

Mr Darney said councils would also have to review their Local Environmental Plans in order to align with the fewer planning zones.

Under the new proposed planning system, Section 94 developer contribution plans will be replaced with Local Infrastructure Contributions.

"The amount will be uncapped and infill development and small scale development will not have to pay a development contribution," he said.

"Larger greenfield housing developments will still be charged developer contributions with the aim of achieving full cost recovery for roads, drainage and open spaces."

The closest forum to Byron Shire will be held in Ballina at the Ballina RSL, 240 River Street on June 6: 2 to 4pm for Council and practitioners and 6 to 7.30pm for the public.

More information at planning.nsw.gov.au/a-new-planning-system-for-nsw.


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