Like any development, North Byron Parklands (Parklands) must work within the requirements of the NSW planning law. Parklands lodged a State Significant Application in November 2016 and is currently in the process of finalising the Environmental Impact Statement. In NSW, some types of development are deemed to have State significance due to the size, economic value or potential impacts that a development may have. Under the current planning framework, any regional development with a proposed capital value of more than $30 million must be referred by Council to the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E).
Importantly, the DP&E recommended approval for this application (including the event days and capacities as listed above), but the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decided to opt for a 5-year trial.
The 5-year trial for Parklands commenced in 2012 and requires a series of trial events that are to be monitored and reviewed and event related activities adjusted where required, to fully test the site.
Trial Approval granted for 5 years
In November 2016, nearing the end of the trial, Parklands lodged its Preliminary Environmental Assessment as part of the State Significant Development based on the following event days and capacities:
State Significant Development (lodged version)
Parklands then undertook a range of community consultation processes including public meetings, letterbox drops and public advertisements seeking written feedback on the Preliminary Environmental Assessment. As a result of this community consultation, Parklands has since made the following adjustments to its proposed State Significance Application:
State Significant Development (proposed revised version)
With a further component being:
The Environmental Impact Statement is now on public exhibition until February 16, allowing the community a further opportunity to provide feedback. The submissions made by members of the community will then be responded to by Parklands before the DP&E make any recommendation (or otherwise) to approve the application. To make a submission in favour of Parklands remaining a permanent home for music, cultural and community events please click here.