SSD

State Significant Application

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).

Parklands' original application to the DP&E in 2010 requested the following:
Original Proposal
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  • 12 event days up to 50k patrons;
  • 4 event days between 10k and 50k patrons;
  • 4 event days between 3k and 10k patrons;
  • unlimited events under 300 people.

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.

The PAC approval provided the following:

Trial Approval granted for 5 years

  • One large event starting at 25k (and increasing by 2.5k each event subject to meeting KPIs) to a maximum of 35k (Splendour in the Grass currently has a capacity of 32,500 patrons);
  • One medium event starting at 15k (and increasing by 2.5k each event subject to meeting KPIs) to a maximum of 25k (Falls Byron currently has a capacity of 22,500 patrons);
  • One small event starting at 10k - (please note, we have never filled this slot)

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)

  • 12 event days up to 50k patrons;
  • 8 event days up to 25k patrons;
  • 3 community events up to 1.5k patrons

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:

Revised Proposal
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State Significant Development (proposed revised version)

  • 2 events per year (up to 35,000 patrons)
  • 3 one day events (up to 25,000 patrons)
  • 5 community events (up to 5,000 patrons)

With a further component being:

  • 2 events per year (up to 35,000 patrons)
  • 3 one day events (up to 25,000 patrons)
  • 5 community events (up to 5,000 patrons)

With a further component being:

  • The Splendour in the Grass event increasing to 42,500 (subject to meeting KPIs for 35k event);
  • The Splendour in the Grass event reaching 50,000 (subject to meeting KPIs for 42.5k event);

Parklands is now finalising the Environmental Impact Statement which will then be placed on public exhibition, 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.