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Exhibition of Draft Rural Land Use Strategy extended – we want to hear from you

Byron Shire Council has extended the exhibition period for the revised draft Byron Shire Rural Land Use Strategy.  The closing date for submissions is now 24 July 2017.

The revised draft Strategy provides a strategic framework to guide future land zoning, protection and development of rural lands over the next 20 years.

“The draft Rural Land Use Strategy aims to find a balance between protecting our environmental values, ensuring our agricultural industries are viable and preserving lifestyle for families and communities,” said Sharyn French, Byron Shire Council’s Acting Director Sustainable Environment and Economy.

“The revised draft Strategy responds to previous feedback from the community and State Government,” Ms French said.

“This Strategy is recognising and supporting the role of agriculture and farming which provide jobs and contribute to our economy whilst ensuring our rural communities are able to grow,” she said.

“Our primary focus is ensuring the Byron Shire remains a special place to live and work,” Ms French said.

The Strategy recognises the potential for infill housing within the R5 rural residential zones and identifies two possible rural residential sites at Myocum and Wilsons Creek.  These sites have a potential yield of between 40-75 dwellings.

The Rural Land Use Strategy will be delivered via a set of actions which identify how the Council can act, inform, guide and lead over the next decade to build upon the strength of existing communities and ensure a balance between the rural environment, economy, living arrangements and infrastructure services.

“We want to deliver a well-balanced rural land use strategy and it is vital that people give us feedback so we have extended the date for people to be able to make submissions,” Ms French said.

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Arrange an appointment with a Council planner by phoning 6626 7126.

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Submissions close on 24 July 2017.

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Byron Shire Council
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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.