West Byron bypass a must: council request

BYRON Shire Council will insist a bypass is funded before any houses are built at West Byron.

The council yesterday debated its submission to the State Government over the proposed rezoning of the 108ha West Byron Urban Land Release Area off Ewingsdale Rd.

The council was given an extension by the state to make their submission on land rezoning that will pave the way for more housing.

Crs Rose Wanchap and Paul Spooner spoke passionately about the potential for the subdivision to provide more affordable housing stock.

"We need this development. It's an opportunity to give affordable residences to our workers who now have to live outside of town and drive to work," Cr Wanchap said.

Crs Duncan Dey and Simon Richardson both stressed the need for a bypass to be constructed before any housing was built on the site, with the council's planning director, Ray Darney, agreeing, adding the community had waited 20 years already for the bypass.

"We need to draw a line in the sand and say the development should not go ahead until the bypass is built," Mr Darney said.

The Byron Bay West Landowners Association have offered $7000 contribution per lot towards a bypass as lots are sold, but Mayor Richardson wants the bypass funded before houses "start popping up" he said.

The council's final vote was to request the developer and/or the State Government fund the bypass ahead of subdivision, noting the council itself would contribute $2.5 million.