Future Byron Planning Workshops

Council is continuing the implementation of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan and thanks you for your contribution.

To achieve Masterplan visions, it is needed that some of the planning controls in the Byron Local Environmental Plan (BLEP) should be reviewed and updated.


Thank you to those who attended our recent workshops.

We heard great ideas and suggestions that will help Council amend some of the planning controls for the Byron Bay Town Centre


We have also spent a day with senior students from Byron Bay High School.

We are now collating all the suggestions and ideas gathered. We will get back in touch with you to let you know what we heard and where we will go from here.

If you would like to be kept up to speed during this process please email jamie.vaniersel@byron.nsw.gov.au to let her know.

Watch this space!


What was covered at the Workshops

How the planning controls should be amended was the focus of the workshops.

During the Masterplan process we heard from you how you wanted Byron Bay to evolve into the future. Drawing on the Masterplan vision, we discussed and investigated potential solutions for a range of planning controls.

Council had discussed some preliminary ideas for changes to the current controls, that were used as a starting point for the workshops. These preliminary ideas were created in line with the Masterplan and are explained under the FAQ section to the right. Please remember, the ideas here were intended to act as thought starters for discussions and were in no way meant to be final. During the workshops we had some really great contributions that will now be used to prepare a formal planning proposal.

The workshop was designed to enable brainstorming and discussions. It was a hands on workshop looking at background information, the planning framework, future vision and solutions.


The aspects of the Masterplan that we want to enable at this stage include:

  • facilitating well designed development of appropriate height and scale, in line with community vision;
  • defining the edges of the Town Centre 'business zone';
  • protecting the character and vibrancy of the town; and,
  • easing congestion and making the Town Centre more 'people friendly'.

The following controls were discussed at the workshops:

  • Zoning of the Town Centre
Where do you consider the 'core' of the Town Centre? What uses should be prioritised within, and outside of, this 'core'?
  • Height of Building
Should we retain the current limit? Where should the three-storey limit apply - all of Town Centre or part of it? Should the planning controls allow for varied roof structures to preserve historic character?
  • Floor Space Ratio
Is this necessary? Can it be used to limit bulky buildings?
  • Design Excellence
How can we ensure developments are suitable for Byron Bay?
  • Ancillary Car Parking
What car parking controls can be used to limit the number of cars in town to reduce congestion?
  • Active Street Frontages
Should we encourage shop fronts and the like on back lanes as well as main streets?
  • Car Share
What is it? Should we introduce this to Byron Bay?



If you weren't able to attend but would still like to get involved?

Please call or email Jamie van Iersel on (02) 66 267 283 or jamie.vaniersel@byron.nsw.gov.au

Council is continuing the implementation of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan and thanks you for your contribution.

To achieve Masterplan visions, it is needed that some of the planning controls in the Byron Local Environmental Plan (BLEP) should be reviewed and updated.


Thank you to those who attended our recent workshops.

We heard great ideas and suggestions that will help Council amend some of the planning controls for the Byron Bay Town Centre


We have also spent a day with senior students from Byron Bay High School.

We are now collating all the suggestions and ideas gathered. We will get back in touch with you to let you know what we heard and where we will go from here.

If you would like to be kept up to speed during this process please email jamie.vaniersel@byron.nsw.gov.au to let her know.

Watch this space!


What was covered at the Workshops

How the planning controls should be amended was the focus of the workshops.

During the Masterplan process we heard from you how you wanted Byron Bay to evolve into the future. Drawing on the Masterplan vision, we discussed and investigated potential solutions for a range of planning controls.

Council had discussed some preliminary ideas for changes to the current controls, that were used as a starting point for the workshops. These preliminary ideas were created in line with the Masterplan and are explained under the FAQ section to the right. Please remember, the ideas here were intended to act as thought starters for discussions and were in no way meant to be final. During the workshops we had some really great contributions that will now be used to prepare a formal planning proposal.

The workshop was designed to enable brainstorming and discussions. It was a hands on workshop looking at background information, the planning framework, future vision and solutions.


The aspects of the Masterplan that we want to enable at this stage include:

  • facilitating well designed development of appropriate height and scale, in line with community vision;
  • defining the edges of the Town Centre 'business zone';
  • protecting the character and vibrancy of the town; and,
  • easing congestion and making the Town Centre more 'people friendly'.

The following controls were discussed at the workshops:

  • Zoning of the Town Centre
Where do you consider the 'core' of the Town Centre? What uses should be prioritised within, and outside of, this 'core'?
  • Height of Building
Should we retain the current limit? Where should the three-storey limit apply - all of Town Centre or part of it? Should the planning controls allow for varied roof structures to preserve historic character?
  • Floor Space Ratio
Is this necessary? Can it be used to limit bulky buildings?
  • Design Excellence
How can we ensure developments are suitable for Byron Bay?
  • Ancillary Car Parking
What car parking controls can be used to limit the number of cars in town to reduce congestion?
  • Active Street Frontages
Should we encourage shop fronts and the like on back lanes as well as main streets?
  • Car Share
What is it? Should we introduce this to Byron Bay?



If you weren't able to attend but would still like to get involved?

Please call or email Jamie van Iersel on (02) 66 267 283 or jamie.vaniersel@byron.nsw.gov.au