The West Byron Project is represents a significant land release for the Byron Bay area. With significant public opposition to the project, the West Byron Project team will have their hands full delivering the rezoning application. Stage 1 of the project includes submission of the proposal to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure seeking to rezone the site to allow urban development. The proposal was amended by the Department to take into consideration the feedback received from the community and other government agencies.
West Byron Development Site Plan
The project has been on display to the public in Byron and currently 1800 people have signed a petition against the project on change.org. Provided the developer understand that the development of this land must consider the existing and future needs and aspirations of the community and other stakeholders, and delivers on this approach, then the project should be successful to the Byron community.
Should the project go ahead in whatever eventual form, there will be no doubt positive economic impacts for the community in terms of jobs and development. Without a doubt the development must include some type of Byron bypass road to the West. Byron is crying out for this piece of infrastructure and must be built to accommodate such a large development.
The road would most likely be constructed using some form of rock bridging layer at the foundation, with earthfill placed above this bridging layer. The geological setting consist of alluvial flood plains with potential acid sulphate soils. No doubt a challenging site to develop. Check back for updates as the project progresses.
Hopefully the development form of develop for this area will included a West Byron bypass.
The North Lismore Plateau Development is on the card for this year. Recently Lismore Mayor Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell was quoted in the NOrthern Star (1/1/2014) as saying;
“In 2014 I’m looking forward to the first homes being built on North Lismore Plateau and some exciting new businesses coming to the city. While hard decisions still need to be made, the foundations, through our Growth Management Strategy and other policies, have been laid for a bright 2014. Watch this space.”
As described in the North Lismore Plateau DCP: “North Lismore Plateau represents a significant opportunity for the development of a substantially sized residential community located in easy walking and cycling distance of the Lismore CBD and within a unique landscape setting rich in natural and cultural heritage values and with outstanding scenic qualities. The vision is to facilitate sustainable development that responds to and conserves the unique environmental attributes of the site and is well integrated with the existing urban fabric of Lismore.”
The 255ha site is located approximately 1.5km north west of the Lismore CBD, and has the potential to create up to 1500 dwelling sites.
Geotechncially the site is located predominantly on Lismore Basalt, with some of the lower areas laying on the alluvial channels at the base of the elevated area. Generally the site would be a great area for development with good residual soils and rock foundations providing stable foundation for construction. Geological map of the area is included below.