PARKLANDS STATE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT (SSD) APPLICATION FACT SHEET
WHO IS ACTUALLY THE APPROVING AUTHORITY?
Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A) any application greater than $20m must go the relevant Joint Regional Planning Panel for determination. If the application is over $30m it must go to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) for approval. Parklands application is $44m and as such under the EP&A, the project cannot legally be determined by Council. It must go to the NSW planning Minister (or his or her delegate) for approval. There is no choice in the matter.
BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL CONSULTATION REGARDING THE SSD APPLICATION
Byron Shire Council (BSC) is a very important Parklands stakeholder. To ensure BSC has been kept abreast of the application process and opportunities to have input into the development of the application, the following activities have taken place:
- The Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements were consulted with BSC. The Council was invited to raise issues that it required the application to focus on and subsequently provided a three page response on the 11th of January 2017;
- A written invitation was sent to BSC asking for further feedback on the application and
- Councillors Richardson, Hunter and Cameron sit on Parkland's Regulatory Working Group (RWG);
- At the April 2017 RWG meeting, the SSD application was raised with members and a number of issues and concerns were raised;
- On the 11th of May, 2017 an email was sent from Parklands to all Councillors providing an update regarding the SSD Application and also an invitation for Councillors to undertake a tour of Splendour in the Grass in July 2017 to gain a behind the scenes perspective of a large event in action;
- At the August 2017 RWG meeting, the SSD application was once again discussed and members were provided details of the application process including community consulation opportunities;
- At both RWG meetings, BSC's Planning Manager was in attendance and made aware of the application parameters;
- Invitation to Councillors to attend a community consultation meeting at Parklands on 19 August 2017.
REGULATORY AGENCY CONSULTATION PRIOR TO SSD APPLICATION
- Office of Environment and Heritage;
- Roads and Maritime Services;
- NSW Police;
- NSW State Emergency Services;
- NSW Rural Fire Service;
- Department of Primary Industries;
- Environmental Protection Agency;
- Transport NSW;
- Byron Shire Council;
- Tweed Shire Council;
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION PRIOR TO SSD APPLICATION
- An invitation to comment letter, mailed to 3,500 homes and businesses in the surrounding area, and known special interest groups, in February 2017;
- Notices in local newspapers inviting comment (including the Byron Shire News, Byron Echo and Tweed News) in February 2017
- Emails to residents and stakeholders who have been previously consulted and have signed up to receive updates
- Two community meetings, held at Parklands on 12 February 2017 and 19 August 2017
- An additional community meeting for local residents, held on-site on 16 February 2017; and
- Additional consultation undertaken for the social impact assessment.
PARKLANDS AND COUNCIL PAYMENTS AND SERVICES
Parklands has always paid Council fees in relation to all compliance matters that fall under its jurisdiction such as food vendor inspections, waste water, etc. In relation to the State Significant Development, Parklands will be required to pay a S94 development contribution (approximately $440,000).
PARKLANDS AND COUNCIL SERVICES
Parklands does not have any connection to Byron Shire Council water and sewerage systems and receives no waste, recycling or organics bin services.
THE PROPOSED 50,000 PATRON EVENT ONLY APPLIES TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Only one event (Splendour in the Grass) would have the ability to increase to 50,000 and this is only after meeting defined KPI's as per the application. This event would only operate for up to 5 days per year. The maximum attendance for Falls Festival Byron would be capped at 35,000 patrons.
PARKLANDS IS 100% AUSTRALIAN OWNED!
Live Nation does not have any financial stake in Parklands.