Rural weddings and events planning controls

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This planning proposal aims to regulate weddings and events on rural land. 

Alongside the planning proposal, we have prepared a new Chapter D9 of our Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) for rural event sites, to outline detailed planning controls.

We had previously exhibited a planning proposal in late 2018.  It was amended as a result of two changes determined by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to remove the reference to permitting rural events on land zoned RU1 Primary Production and remove many of the detailed provisions and include them within an amendment to the Byron Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP).  The amended planning proposal and draft DCP 2014 Chapter D9 was open for feedback from 29 January to 28 February 2020.

Zone: RU2 Rural Landscape Zone

Status: Consultation closed 28 February

Objective: To provide an approval mechanism to permit Rural Event Sites in the RU2 Rural Landscape zone, allowing a maximum of:

  • 20 events per calendar year over a period of three years
  • 150 attendees per event.

Subject to approval, event sites would be able to seek a further three year approval.

A 'rural event site' holds weddings and other similar gatherings and/or events for commercial purposes.  The planning proposal does not address ‘one-off’ private events within the rural area, for which approvals are not required. 

Next steps

Thankyou to those who made a submission or attended our information session at Bangalow. A report will be prepared for Council's consideration following staff assessment of all submissions.

The purpose of the planning proposal and DCP 2014 Chapter D9 is to regulate weddings and events on rural land within the RU2 rural landscape zone. This will help to provide a level of certainty for the events industry while protecting the rural amenity of neighbourhoods.   

The new Chapter D9: Rural Events Sites outlines a range of planning controls to ensure that commercial rural event sites will be located and managed so that events:

  • do not disturb adjoining land owners
  • adversely impacts rural amenity, farming or areas of high environmental value.

 

  • March and April 2018: Council ran a range of community engagement sessions and online consultation seeking feedback.  
  • 21 June 2018: Feedback was reported to Council at the meeting on 21 June 2018.  Council resolved, with amendments, to go ahead with the planning proposal.
  • 7 November to 21 December 2018: The planning proposal to regulate weddings and events on rural land was on exhibition and more community workshops held.
  • 20 June 2019: A report was submitted at the Planning Meeting, which contained feedback about the planning proposal received during the 2018 exhibition period
  • Council resolved to request the planning proposal provides an approval mechanism for rural event sites in both the RU2 Rural Landscape Zone and RU1 Primary Production zone. 
  • The Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) advised two changes, to remove:
  1. the reference to permitting rural events on land zoned RU1 Primary Production (events would only be permitted on land zoned RU2 Rural Landscape)
  2. many of the detailed provisions and include them within an amendment to the Byron Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP).
  • 29 January to 28 February 2020:  The amended planning proposal and draft DCP 2014 Chapter D9 were on exhibition with a community information meeting held during this time.