The Business and Industrial Lands Strategy (formerly Employment Lands Strategy) will guide Council’s decision-making and key actions to manage future growth of retail, commercial and industrial land in our Shire. We're growing our economy while maintaining the character of our villages, towns and rural areas.
Where are we now?
A draft Strategy(PDF, 39MB)
was publicly exhibited in late 2018. Council at 20 June 2019 planning meeting considered a report on submissions and resolved, amongst other matters, to consider the inclusion of additional lands:
Between Gulgan and The Saddle Road Brunswick Heads - an estimated developable area of some 2.6 ha with potential for business park and/or industrial uses.
150 Lismore Road, Bangalow (adjacent to Industrial Estate) - an estimated developable area of some 1.4 ha with potential for industrial use.
As the lands were not identified in the exhibition draft Strategy, Council sought further public comment until 30 August 2019 and are currently assessing the submissions to be reported back to Council before the end of the year.
How did we get here?
The draft Strategy(PDF, 39MB)
is the result of over two years of planning, research and consultation on the topic. The Employment Lands Background Report(PDF, 11MB) and the draft Strategy have been prepared with input from the local community, business sector and government agencies.
The Strategy builds on Enterprising Byron 2025(PDF, 2MB) which aims to accelerate employment generation and attract public and private investment in the Shire and the 2017- 2018 Survey(PDF, 4MB)
of Byron Shire businesses.
The Strategy couples with other projects in Council to secure the economy while maintaining the character of our villages, towns and rural areas.
Where to next?
The final draft Business and Industrial Lands Strategy will be updated to reflect the outcomes of the ‘additional land’ proposals consultation, along with Council’s decisions from the June 2019 Planning meeting. It will be reported back to Council for adoption before the end of the year.