The Local Government and Shires Association in conjunction with the NSW Greenhouse Office held a Summit in Sydney on 27 November 2006 on climate change mitigation and adaptation within Local Government in NSW.
Byron Shire Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Funding under the Federal Government's Local Adaptation Pathways Programme (LAPP) has enabled Council to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan. The Plan focuses on adjusting Council's existing infrastructure and services by building their capacity to cope with new conditions associated with accelerated climate change.
On 9 April 2009, Council resolved to form a Project Reference Group (PRG) (Res. 09-158) to review the findings of the LAPP project. Based on the findings of the LAPP project and consultation with the PRG, a Byron Shire Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Schedule was prepared to provide a holistic response to climate change risk management and adaptation for Byron Shire
Climate Change Strategic Planning Policy
The Climate Change Strategic Planning Policy provides climate change flood planning scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100. The 2050 flood planning scenario is to be used for any Council strategic, infrastructure and operational planning document or designs that may be affected by climate change. In terms of land use planning, the 2050 flood planning scenario will appy to most development except for land release areas, certain rezoning/LEP amendment proposals and special purpose and critical facilities. This policy should be read in conjunction with Byron LEP 2014 (clauses 6.3 and 6.4) and Byron DCP 2014 (Chapter C2 Areas affected by Flood).
It also recognises the importance of ecological communities and the impact rising sea levels can have on their health. It proposes that appropriate buffering of ecosystems from development is incorporated into strategic plans, land use controls and development proposals to allow room for the migration of those communities as sea level rises.