Applicants are now required to consult with the community prior to the lodgement of a development application for Community Significant Development.
Early consultation allows for the community to have more involvement in the design of development in the shire and can help address any potential impacts of a development at an early stage.
Community significant development is defined as:
- a building with a gross floor area of 5,000m2 or more in an industrial, rural or commercial zone; or
- any development that will be referred under the Act to the Joint Regional Planning Panel; or
- any subdivision resulting in 50 lots or more; or
- residential accommodation resulting in 10 or more dwellings; or
- any development that proposes demolition of a heritage listed item; or
- pubs; or
- small bars (nightclubs) within the meaning of the Liquor Act 2007; or
- function centres; or
- restaurants in rural areas; or
- offensive industries; or
- telecommunications facility.
The pre-lodgement community consultation should involve a facilitated community meeting or workshop with notice of this workshop given to surrounding landowners.
A report is to be submitted to Council as part of the development application at the time of lodgement outlining the consultation undertaken and the response from the community. This report will be made available to the public during the formal development application exhibition period.
It is the applicants responsibility to organise and facilitate the pre-lodgement consultation and to ensure they meet the meet the minimum requirements prior to the lodgement of a development application for community significant development.
Further details on the requirements for pre-lodgement consultation process and the contents of the consultation report is available in the Byron Development Control Plan 2014 Part A – Preliminary.