A SMALL victory for the community is how the announcement by the Department of Planning that the Development Control Plan for West Byron will be coming back to Byron Council has been described.
Cate Coorey of the Byron Residents' Group said it was a sad indictment of the extent to which planning in NSW was determined by politics, not proper process.
"Planning should be an impartial process," she said.
"A government department should not be weighing in with a decision like this at election time.
"Its intent is obvious given that the department was only last December trying to rush their version of the DCP through council.
"Community voices are increasingly loud in rejecting the destruction of Byron Bay through the imposition of the sprawling West Byron mega-suburb."
A rally last Sunday at Byron Bay attracted hundreds of people.
"The point should be made that the rezoning of West Byron remains the same," she said.
"What changes is who says what can go on the site."
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