Bangalow Village Plan

Council is preparing a 10-15 year forward "place plan" for the Bangalow village. The Bangalow Village Plan aims to create action oriented strategies that provide a vision and way forward for Bangalow, aligned to the current and future needs of the community. The plan is intended to be an evolving, 'living' document that will be reviewed and updated at regular intervals to reflect the community's changing needs and priorities.

The place plans will be framed around the urban design components as shown in the diagram below.

The process leading up to Council's endorsement in December 2016 of a project plan for the preparation the Bangalow Village Plan started with with the "Bangalow Have Your Say" survey which was conducted in December 2015/January 2016 asking the community what it liked and disliked about Bangalow and ideas for improving the village.

The feedback from this survey was used in a Place Creation Workshop for Bangalow held on the 15th and 16th March 2016. Invited representatives from Bangalow community groups, Council staff and Councillors attended the two day workshop which explored aspirations for Bangalow and raised awareness of the concept of Placemaking and its role in helping to shape Bangalow. A copy of the workshop record can be accessed here.

A Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group was formed, including community representatives, staff and Councillors, and this group will take responsibility for guiding the preparation and content of the plan. The group have been involved in a series of workshops over the past year considering the different urban design components of the Village Plan and identifying ideas and possible actions for shaping the future of precincts within Bangalow. The information from these workshops is now being compiled and considered to help shape the draft Village Plan.

Bangalow Village Plan - Movement and Parking Review

Movement (walking, cycling and vehicular) and parking came up as the most frequently mentioned topics in the December 2015 / January 2016 Bangalow Have your Say survey.

As part of the masterplanning process, Council is undertaking a review of movement and carparking in Bangalow. Specialist traffic and movement consultants MRCagney have been engaged to consider holistically the way people of all ages and abilities move around the village and provide strategies for improving the street and pathway networks.

Before preparing any strategies or actions, Council and MRCagney held a number of community engagement events to firstly hear the views of local residents about what they consider are the key movement issues in Bangalow and their ideas for improving the street and pathway networks.

The community engagement events included:

  • A community presentation & workshop at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Thursday 4 May 2017 from 5.30 - 7.30pm
  • Trader's Breakfast at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 7.30 - 9.00am
  • Bangalow CBD property owners' workshop at Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Bangalow Community Groups' workshop at Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 12.30 - 2.00pm
  • A ‘pop up studio’ on Byron Street in front of the Post Office building:
    • Thursday 4 May 2017 between 12.30 - 5.00pm
    • Friday 5 May 2017 between 9.30am - 4.30pm
    • Saturday 6 May 2017 between 9.00am - 12 noon

A summary of what the Bangalow community said in these consultation forums can be found here.


Image: Residents dropped in to talk with Council Planners and Engineers at the pop-up studio 'parklet' outside the Post Office in Byron Street and have their say about movement and parking issues in Bangalow and their ideas for change and improvement.

Bangalow Parking Review

Byron Shire Council is committed to making changes to improve the accessibility and amenity of the Bangalow town centre. Over the years, we’ve heard community concerns about poor parking availability in the Bangalow village centre, particularly during weekends, holiday periods and events. Plus, the recent Special Rate Variation Consultation saw residents’ request pay parking is considered in other Byron Shire towns, as well as in Byron Bay, to help generate revenue from visitors.

Following recommendations from the Bangalow Town Centre Parking Management Strategy completed in 2016 and community consultation in 2017, on the 24th August 2017, Council resolved:

1. That Council endorse the implementation of the changes to the parking time limits in the Bangalow town centre, as depicted in the proposed parking times in Figure 1, being 1P throughout Byron Street and part of Station Street, with 2P in the remainder of Station Street.

2. That Council endorse the introduction of a Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme, which is in line with the existing Byron Bay town centre parking scheme.

3. That the Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme:

• applies a unilateral parking charge of $4 per hour; and

• incorporates annual exemptions in accordance with Council’s approved fees and charges.

4. That a pay parking area be endorsed as depicted in Figure 2, which covers:

a) Byron Street, from the roundabout crossing Granuaille Road to Market Street; and

b) Station Street, excluding the all day car park to the south.

5. That Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) concurrence be sought prior to the implementation of the Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme.

6. That Council approve a budget of $75,000 to implement the paid parking scheme and revised parking time limits, from the Pay Parking Reserve.

7. That Council receive a report after twelve (12) months of the Bangalow Pay Parking Scheme being in operation, to review:

• operational costs;

• revenue;

• effect on the Bangalow Village and locality; and

• projects funded by the scheme.

8. That Council dedicate all net revenue received from pay parking in Bangalow to infrastructure projects identified by the Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group and in Council’s asset management plan and that those projects be incorporated into the annual Council budgetary process.

9. That the paid parking scheme commence 1 January 2018 and prior to this commencement Council work alongside Bangalow Guidance Group to identify:

a) projects to be funded from revenues raised, including pedestrian, cycling and mobility improvements as priorities identified in the consultation.

b) impacts and implications of paid parking on the overall Masterplan of Bangalow including parking outside the town centre.

c) design and locations of pay stations that acknowledge the heritage nature of the main street.

The map below shows the areas referred to as Bangalow village centre and the potential new time limits. The areas potentially ear marked for pay parking are the 1 and 2 hour time limits in Byron and Station Streets; it would not apply to all day parking.

Council staff performed community consultation in combination with the movement and parking review intended to inform the village plan. The following key points were extracted from the online parking review survey (187 responses), which generally aligned with the discussions throughout the consultation:

56% of respondents currently have a Byron Shire E-Permit Exemption (Q9)

61.5% of respondents would support the 1 Hour zones identified in the TPS Report (Q10)

69.5% of respondents would support the 2 Hour zones identified in the TPS Report (Q11)

62% of respondents would not support a pay parking system in Bangalow (Q12) however;

61.5% of respondents would support pay parking if funds were spent in Bangalow (Q13)

Respondents ranked pedestrian/cycle paths as the highest priority for funding (Q14)

Respondents ranked roads as the second highest priority for funding (Q14)

46% of respondents stated that the proposed changes would not affect the way they access Bangalow, however 17% of respondents stated that the proposed changes would cause them to no longer visit Bangalow (Q15)



Council is preparing a 10-15 year forward "place plan" for the Bangalow village. The Bangalow Village Plan aims to create action oriented strategies that provide a vision and way forward for Bangalow, aligned to the current and future needs of the community. The plan is intended to be an evolving, 'living' document that will be reviewed and updated at regular intervals to reflect the community's changing needs and priorities.

The place plans will be framed around the urban design components as shown in the diagram below.

The process leading up to Council's endorsement in December 2016 of a project plan for the preparation the Bangalow Village Plan started with with the "Bangalow Have Your Say" survey which was conducted in December 2015/January 2016 asking the community what it liked and disliked about Bangalow and ideas for improving the village.

The feedback from this survey was used in a Place Creation Workshop for Bangalow held on the 15th and 16th March 2016. Invited representatives from Bangalow community groups, Council staff and Councillors attended the two day workshop which explored aspirations for Bangalow and raised awareness of the concept of Placemaking and its role in helping to shape Bangalow. A copy of the workshop record can be accessed here.

A Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group was formed, including community representatives, staff and Councillors, and this group will take responsibility for guiding the preparation and content of the plan. The group have been involved in a series of workshops over the past year considering the different urban design components of the Village Plan and identifying ideas and possible actions for shaping the future of precincts within Bangalow. The information from these workshops is now being compiled and considered to help shape the draft Village Plan.

Bangalow Village Plan - Movement and Parking Review

Movement (walking, cycling and vehicular) and parking came up as the most frequently mentioned topics in the December 2015 / January 2016 Bangalow Have your Say survey.

As part of the masterplanning process, Council is undertaking a review of movement and carparking in Bangalow. Specialist traffic and movement consultants MRCagney have been engaged to consider holistically the way people of all ages and abilities move around the village and provide strategies for improving the street and pathway networks.

Before preparing any strategies or actions, Council and MRCagney held a number of community engagement events to firstly hear the views of local residents about what they consider are the key movement issues in Bangalow and their ideas for improving the street and pathway networks.

The community engagement events included:

  • A community presentation & workshop at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Thursday 4 May 2017 from 5.30 - 7.30pm
  • Trader's Breakfast at the Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 7.30 - 9.00am
  • Bangalow CBD property owners' workshop at Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Bangalow Community Groups' workshop at Showground Moller Pavilion on Friday 5 May 2017 from 12.30 - 2.00pm
  • A ‘pop up studio’ on Byron Street in front of the Post Office building:
    • Thursday 4 May 2017 between 12.30 - 5.00pm
    • Friday 5 May 2017 between 9.30am - 4.30pm
    • Saturday 6 May 2017 between 9.00am - 12 noon

A summary of what the Bangalow community said in these consultation forums can be found here.


Image: Residents dropped in to talk with Council Planners and Engineers at the pop-up studio 'parklet' outside the Post Office in Byron Street and have their say about movement and parking issues in Bangalow and their ideas for change and improvement.

Bangalow Parking Review

Byron Shire Council is committed to making changes to improve the accessibility and amenity of the Bangalow town centre. Over the years, we’ve heard community concerns about poor parking availability in the Bangalow village centre, particularly during weekends, holiday periods and events. Plus, the recent Special Rate Variation Consultation saw residents’ request pay parking is considered in other Byron Shire towns, as well as in Byron Bay, to help generate revenue from visitors.

Following recommendations from the Bangalow Town Centre Parking Management Strategy completed in 2016 and community consultation in 2017, on the 24th August 2017, Council resolved:

1. That Council endorse the implementation of the changes to the parking time limits in the Bangalow town centre, as depicted in the proposed parking times in Figure 1, being 1P throughout Byron Street and part of Station Street, with 2P in the remainder of Station Street.

2. That Council endorse the introduction of a Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme, which is in line with the existing Byron Bay town centre parking scheme.

3. That the Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme:

• applies a unilateral parking charge of $4 per hour; and

• incorporates annual exemptions in accordance with Council’s approved fees and charges.

4. That a pay parking area be endorsed as depicted in Figure 2, which covers:

a) Byron Street, from the roundabout crossing Granuaille Road to Market Street; and

b) Station Street, excluding the all day car park to the south.

5. That Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) concurrence be sought prior to the implementation of the Bangalow Town Centre Pay Parking Scheme.

6. That Council approve a budget of $75,000 to implement the paid parking scheme and revised parking time limits, from the Pay Parking Reserve.

7. That Council receive a report after twelve (12) months of the Bangalow Pay Parking Scheme being in operation, to review:

• operational costs;

• revenue;

• effect on the Bangalow Village and locality; and

• projects funded by the scheme.

8. That Council dedicate all net revenue received from pay parking in Bangalow to infrastructure projects identified by the Bangalow Village Plan Guidance Group and in Council’s asset management plan and that those projects be incorporated into the annual Council budgetary process.

9. That the paid parking scheme commence 1 January 2018 and prior to this commencement Council work alongside Bangalow Guidance Group to identify:

a) projects to be funded from revenues raised, including pedestrian, cycling and mobility improvements as priorities identified in the consultation.

b) impacts and implications of paid parking on the overall Masterplan of Bangalow including parking outside the town centre.

c) design and locations of pay stations that acknowledge the heritage nature of the main street.

The map below shows the areas referred to as Bangalow village centre and the potential new time limits. The areas potentially ear marked for pay parking are the 1 and 2 hour time limits in Byron and Station Streets; it would not apply to all day parking.

Council staff performed community consultation in combination with the movement and parking review intended to inform the village plan. The following key points were extracted from the online parking review survey (187 responses), which generally aligned with the discussions throughout the consultation:

56% of respondents currently have a Byron Shire E-Permit Exemption (Q9)

61.5% of respondents would support the 1 Hour zones identified in the TPS Report (Q10)

69.5% of respondents would support the 2 Hour zones identified in the TPS Report (Q11)

62% of respondents would not support a pay parking system in Bangalow (Q12) however;

61.5% of respondents would support pay parking if funds were spent in Bangalow (Q13)

Respondents ranked pedestrian/cycle paths as the highest priority for funding (Q14)

Respondents ranked roads as the second highest priority for funding (Q14)

46% of respondents stated that the proposed changes would not affect the way they access Bangalow, however 17% of respondents stated that the proposed changes would cause them to no longer visit Bangalow (Q15)



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