Building and Development Plans, Strategies and Publications

A library of our planning and development publications including Development Control Plans, Residential and Land Use Strategies, Local Environmental Plans and other Council documents.

Publications are in alphabetical order. You can also use the search function to find the publication you need. 

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The devastating floods of early 2022 have caused a rethink of how our communities and their built environments exist and can grow in the future.

In response, we developed a Discussion paper: Working out possibilities together(PDF, 5MB).

The purpose was to start the conversation about long-term planning for how and where people will live and work in the future. 

Throughout October and November 2022, we asked for feedback on this paper. Below is a summary of the purpose of this paper and the consultation findings.

Four key pillars

The discussion paper asked a series of key questions based on four key pillars:

  1. Pillar 1 Build Back Better
  2. Pillar 2 Build Different
  3. Pillar 3 Build Elsewhere
  4. Pillar 4 Build Supporting Infrastructure. 

Consultation findings

The consultation included:

  • Survey
  • Participating in a 'kitchen table' discussion
  • Market stalls
  • Conversation cafes.

Your feedback was brought together into four overarching principles:

  • Communication is key.
  • Enable local responses.
  • Options are necessary.
  • Co-ordination is needed.

A summary of the principles can be found in the feedback report to Council.

Next steps

The Findings Report, along with other post flood consultations like the NSW Government Flood Inquiry Report recommendations will now be used to guide and inform the review and preparation of Council’s long-term land use strategies and plans, including:

A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) helps Council to:

  • Regulate the ways land can be used
  • Zone and classify land for a range of uses such as for housing, commercial and industrial development, open space and rural development. 
  • Ensure development is appropriate and environmentally sensitive
  • Protect land through zoning and development controls.

It is a legal document prepared by Council and approved by the NSW State Government. 

We operate under two LEPs.  

Local Environmental Plan 1988

A number of areas with environmental values throughout the Shire and coastal zoned lands were deferred from being zoned in the Byron LEP 2014 and remain under LEP 1988 controls. These areas are known as Deferred Matter (DM) and are shaded white on the LEP 2014 land zoning maps

Council's development support officers can also assist you with a land zoning enquiry. 

The West Byron urban release area, along Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay, falls under 1988 LEP controls, however we are working on a planning proposal to transition this area into Byron LEP 2014.

West Byron urban release area and zoning maps

On 14 November 2014, Byron LEP 1988 was amended in relation to the West Byron urban release area. The site is now zoned for a combination of residential, business, light industrial, public recreation and environmental purposes. 

Land use controls that apply to West Byron urban release area are contained in Part 4 of Byron LEP 1988.

1988 Amendment Number 66

A number of enquiries have been received relating to development within zone 7(f2) urban coastal land - Clause 32(4) of LEP 1988. This clause refers to a specific LEP amendment map which is available below:

More information and support

A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) helps Council to:

  • Regulate the ways in which private and public land can be used.
  • Ensure local development is appropriate and environmentally sensitive.
  • Protect land through zoning and development controls.
  • Zone and classify land for a range of uses such as for housing, commercial and industrial development, open space and rural development. 

We operate under two LEPs.

  1. Byron Local Environmental Plan 2014 and Byron Local Environmental Plan 2014 Maps
  2. Byron LEP 1988 for properties 'deferred' from LEP 2014

More information

The Land Use Matrix below is a quick reference to see what you can and can’t use your land for, as determined by your property’s zone. For help with this you can also contact our Development Support Officers

The Community Participation Plan sets out how and when we will consult with the community on planning matters.

The Community Participation Plan provides tools on topics like:

  • Legislation requirements for consultation.
  • How to write a submission.
  • How to stay up to date and understand planning matters.

A glossary of terms is also included to help with deciphering planning jargon.

Our Heritage Study makes recommendations for the ongoing management and protection of the places in Byron Shire that have heritage value.

From 2004 to 2006, we conducted a study to identify important local heritage sites in the Byron Shire Local Environment Plan.

We also provided suggestions for the continued care and preservation of these heritage places.

The community-based study methodology was chosen because it ensures that the community is:

  • Consulted about its heritage. 
  • Actively involved in researching and nominating items and places of heritage significance.
  • Involved in considering recommendations for their management and promotion.
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Need more information?

Our Development Support Officers are available to answer planning related questions.