Call for community feedback on Employment Lands Strategy

Published on 08 August 2018

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How much land should be allocated for industrial, retail and commercial purposes across the Byron Shire?  Where?  And what should it look like?

These are some of the questions Council is seeking feedback on from local businesses and the wider community as part of the draft Employment Lands Strategy, which is on public exhibition for six weeks until 21 September, 2018.

“We know that the digital economy is really changing the business landscape in the Byron Shire,” Shannon Burt, Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, said.

“Whatever the future of work might look like, we need places for people to run their businesses and we also need to plan for employment precincts, business centres and infrastructure that will attract desirable investment and growth in the future – but it needs to be aligned with our community’s vision and values,” she said.

The Strategy forecasts that additional land will be required to meet demand over the next 20 years.

Expansion of the town centres of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Bangalow is being considered to meet the growing demand for commercial/retail land in these centres.

The anticipated need for eight to 12 hectares of additional industrial land could be provided in potential new industrial sites around Manns Road, Mullumbimby, southern Gulgan Road Highway interchange and just east of the Highway near Bangalow.

Council would like to hear from businesses, Chambers and the wider community during the exhibition period (up to 21 September 2018).

Local Chambers and Guidance Groups will be invited to attend a Council briefing session this week.

Download the draft Strategy and supporting information at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Public-Notice

For further information contact Council’s Land Use Planning Coordinator, Alex Caras, on 6626 7097.