Business and Industrial Lands Strategy

The Business and Industrial Lands Strategy (formerly Employment Lands Strategy) guides Council’s decision-making and key actions to manage future growth of retail, commercial and industrial land in our Shire.  It provides guidance on knowledge and creative-industry precincts, co-operative business and innovation hubs, and development close to Byron Central Hospital. 

We're growing our economy while maintaining the character of our villages, towns and rural areas.

Where are we now?

After considering a report to 12 December 2019 meeting, Council resolved to adopted the draft Strategy.   A motion to reverse this decision has been lodged.  This motion will be considered at 20 February 2020 Council meeting and until this time the Strategy will not be forwarded to the Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

Please be reminded, you can speak on items on the agenda at the Council meeting, during public access at the start of the meeting.  Requests for public access should be made to the General Manager or the Mayor no later than 12.00 midday one day prior to the meeting. Requests for public access must be made using Council's form

Land predominantly used for retail, commercial or industrial activities, found in our business centres and industrial precincts.

Typical Business Centre Zones

Typical Industrial Precinct zones

B1 Neighbourhood Centre

IN1 General Industrial

B2 Local Centre

IN2 Light Industrial

B4 Mixed Use

B7 Business Park

RU5 Village (only Billinudgel)



The Strategy recognises agriculture as a valued sector and a key driver of change in our Shire’s economy and employment land demands.



A progressive Business and Industrial Lands Strategy is needed to secure a sustainable long-term supply of land best suited to those businesses that work well in our Shire. 

Our Shire's close proximity to South East Queensland, anticipated to grow from 3.5 million people to 5.3 million over the next 25 years, our unique natural setting, strong local identity and emerging innovative industries have seen:

  • Our Shire as a big 'hitter' in tourism, lifestyle, clean and green produce, health and wellbeing and in entrepreneurship. 
  • Our economy grow at a marginally faster rate that the rest of regional NSW and the Northern Rivers region.
  • Our Shire experience relatively strong business and job growth.
  • Our businesses quick to respond to consumer trends in food production, retailing, tourism, and workplace opportunities.

Due to the success of local entrepreneurs, business people have flocked to the Shire in search of success, creative influences, lifestyle and the attraction of our villages and towns.   

It is essential to keep pace - meeting the needs of a growing and diversifying population and a buoyant economy.

Talk to a Council planner, phone 02 6626 7126 or email Alex Caras or Natalie Hancock.