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Coastal Zone Management Plan for Byron Bay Embayment

Where are we now?

Council resolved in October 2017 to develop a new Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Eastern Precincts of the BBE, being Cape Byron to Main Beach. This is based on the Minister’s recommendation to split the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP BBE) that council submitted for Ministerial certification in June 2016, into two planning areas of the BBE - Eastern and Western. 

The development of the new plan called the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Eastern Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP Eastern Precincts BBE) has commenced.  

A report will be tabled at the 1 February 2018 Council meeting which outlines a project plan to develop a Coastal Management Program for the Western Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment, being: Cavvanbah; Belongil Beach; and North Beach. 

The key stages in the development of the CZMP for the Eastern Precincts of the BBE are:

December 2017:     Development of the draft plan; meetings with public agencies; report to 14 December Council meeting on status of draft plan and other coastal projects.

January 2018:         Finalise the draft plan; continue meetings with Public Agencies

February 2018:        Workshop for Councillors (8 February) - presentation of draft plan; report to Council (22 February) to go to public exhibition

Feb - March 2018:    Public Exhibition (4-5 weeks)

April 2018:               Review submissions and feedback; report to Council

May 2018:                Finalise plan, submit to Minister for certification

How did we get there?

In 2011, Council was issued a Ministerial direction to develop a CZMP for the Byron Bay Embayment (BBE) which is the coastline that is a beach from south of Tyagarah Nature Reserve to Cape Byron. The draft CZMP BBE was submitted to the Minister in June 2016. Minister recommended to split the CZMP BBE into two planning areas.

What's next?

A work shop with public agencies and presentation to Council in February 2018 to finalise the Eastern Precincts Plan for public exhibition.

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