Federal Village Masterplan

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A new Federal Village Masterplan, to be created through a community led planning process, will be an adaptive roadmap for sustainable development in and around Federal village for the next 20 years.

Community led planning is the process of a community working together to determine how they see the future of their village and prioritising actions to get there.

With its beautiful hinterland location and popular café and restaurant scene, it’s no surprise that Federal has experienced increases in visitation and also in development application activity.  Federal also has a number of current challenges including movement conflicts with school bus routes, café/shop parking and issues for pedestrians, despite its small population of around 700 people.

The Masterplan created by the Federal community, with extensive local consultation, will primarily support the objectives of a liveable, community orientated village, and ensure a future that addresses the issues and requirements of its residents and the environment.

 The aims of the project are:

  • to establish a shared vision for Federal, prioritising actions that align with that vision;
  • to develop a formal and collective document that will provide the strategic basis to promote and fund priorities actions;
  • to produce a Masterplan that will be adopted by Council as one of Byron Shire’s Place Planning Strategies and feed into future statutory planning documents; and,
  • to test community led planning – a new way of doing things – that could be a framework for the whole Shire going forward.

Federal Village Masterplan Steering Group

Communities know what they need most. The Federal Community Centre and the Federal School of Arts Association have joined forces to establish a Federal Village Masterplan Steering Group to coordinate the development of the Plan.

They will be engaging the whole community in this process and soon will be calling on other interested community members to join the steering group.

The initial Steering Group members are as follows.

  • Gary Haughton, President Federal Community Centre
  • Toni Appleton, Secretary Federal Community Centre
  • Megan Passey, Federal School of Arts Association Inc Management Committee member.
  • Alan Goldstein, President Federal Film Society/Treasurer Federal Community Centre
  • James Mayson, President Federal Landcare/ Federal Community Centre committee member
  • Julie Lipsett, Federal Loves Refugees founder/ Federal Community Centre committee member/Byron Shire Council Public Arts Panel
  • Ant Solomon, Federal Community Centre committee member
  • Megan Louis, Federal Community Centre committee member 


Federal Village Masterplan Study Area

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  • Focus Area – includes the Federal Village RU5 (Village zone) and the adjacent R5 (Large Lot Residential zone) properties. This area is the main focus for the project. 
  • Context Area – surrounding village impact area, incorporating the four main access roads.