Development Control Plan 2014
and Ancillary Development
in Rural Zones
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Chapter D2 – Residential Accommodation and Ancillary Development in Rural Zones
Details (e.g. Resolution No.)
20 March 2014
Res 14-118 – Public exhibition version
Draft to 26 June 2014 Extraordinary Meeting - for adoption
26 June 2014
Adopted Version - Res 14-315.
Byron Shire Council recognises the need to plan for and control the form of residential accommodation and other forms of development in the Shire’s rural zones. Such development will need to be in harmony with its surroundings, both natural and constructed, and enhance the physical context valued by the local community and by the Shire's increasing number of visitors.
This Section complements the provisions of Byron LEP 2014. The aim has been to develop controls that provide flexibility to promote innovative and imaginative building forms, whilst ensuring development outcomes consistent with the character of the Shire and its rural lands. Building forms need to be related to each other and to their surroundings by careful attention to design, orientation, forms, scale, materials and landscaping.
The Aims of this Chapter are:
1. To promote a high standard of design for development in rural lands that is sensitive to and enhances the natural and physical environment and the social fabric particular to Byron Shire.
2. To accommodate a variety of residential forms and dwelling sizes to reflect the growing diversity of household types, sizes, incomes, lifestyles and needs.
3. To promote energy efficiency and consideration of the Shire’s climatic characteristics in the design process.
4. To promote sustainable food and agriculture production.
5. To minimise conflict between developments, including conflict with agricultural activities in farming lands.
6. Where possible to limit potential for additional traffic on the road system and to reduce car dependence through facilitation of public transport, cycling and walking.
This Chapter applies to development applications seeking consent for various forms of residential accommodation and associated development in rural zoned lands, namely Zones RU1 and RU2.
The types of development to which this Chapter applies include the following:
· Dual occupancies (attached)
· Dwelling houses
· Expanded houses
· Farm buildings
Rural worker’s dwellings
The definitions of various residential and associated development types are contained in the Byron LEP 2014 Dictionary, or in the Dictionary to this DCP. The provisions in this Chapter supplement those provisions of Byron LEP 2014.
1. To implement the relevant Aims, Guiding Principles and provisions of the Byron Rural Settlement Strategy 1998.
2. To ensure that decisions relating to siting of development are consistent with the objectives and provisions of Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
1. All development to which this Section applies must be consistent with the relevant Aims, Guiding Principles, Best Practice Guidelines and Performance Standards contained in the Byron Rural Settlement Strategy 1998 (the Strategy). The Strategy’s relevant Aims are:
i) To ensure that ecological, social and economic considerations are successfully integrated into the decision-making process for all future rural settlement in Byron Shire.
iii) To ensure future rural settlement is directly linked to the repair, enhancement and protection of the natural environment, thereby increasing the shire's natural capital.
The Strategy’s relevant Guiding Principles are:
i) overriding principle -- all new rural settlement must meet the needs of Byron's residents today while conserving the shire's ecosystems, agricultural viability, lifestyles, heritage and culture for the benefit of future generations;
ii) sustainability -- development meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations (long timeframes) to meet their own needs and enjoy a quality life resulting from clean air, water and soils;
iii) planning -- shire wide planning identifies potential rural settlement areas integrated with catchment-based (geographical, water and social) planning;
iv) consultation -- there is full community consultation and participation with the local community prior to decision-making, and support for participatory settlement planning;
v) environment -- existing habitat areas are identified, protected and enhanced, environmental repair is undertaken and corridors of native vegetation linking habitat areas are provided;
vi) water quality -- natural watercourses and the riparian lands, wetlands and groundwater systems are protected from sources of pollution and the water quality is maintained and improved;
vii) identity -- Byron Shire's unique image, diverse lifestyle and local character are maintained;
viii) facilities -- adequate community facilities to meet the needs of rural settlement areas are provided; and
ix) land use -- existing and potential agricultural and horticultural land uses and extractive resources on-site are protected; and off-site, on adjacent and nearby areas, their landuses and resources are not adversely impacted by rural settlement.
The relevant Best Practice Guidelines and Performance Standards are contained in Chapters 6 and 8 respectively of the Strategy.
Determination of siting, extent and nature of development must be consistent with the provisions of Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
There are no Prescriptive Measures.
1. To achieve varied and interesting landscapes that preserve and complement the rural and scenic character and amenity of the Shire’s rural and environmental protection areas.
2. To achieve good orientation and spacing of developments in rural and environmental protection areas that achieve high quality living environments relative to privacy, sunlight, shade, wind and weather protection, and proximity of neighbouring development.
3. To minimise potential for land use conflict between rural land uses and activities.
1. Setback requirements may be flexible provided they are demonstrated to achieve the Objectives and Performance Criteria. Determination of setbacks will also depend on assessment of potential conflicts and buffer requirements pursuant to Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
2. The setbacks and design of dwellings and other buildings must contribute to the locality’s rural character and attractiveness by means of siting, good design, appropriate materials and effective landscaping.
3. The setback from a road frontage or side boundaries for dwellings and other buildings will be determined on its merits, having regard to:
a) the Objectives;
b) any provisions of this development control plan applying to the specific location;
c) consistency with the rural and scenic character of the locality;
d) the position and setback of any existing buildings in the locality;
e) the siting and nature of nearby rural landuses and potential for creation of conflict with those uses;
f) the siting and nature of nearby residential accommodation buildings or other development and the potential for intrusion on privacy, amenity, solar access or climate characteristics of those buildings.
g) the effect on vehicular safety and visibility on a public road;
h) the orientation of the allotment and the proposed dwelling with regard to the sun and prevailing winds;
i) the location and treatment of any car parking areas and car parking structures on the site.
1. Minimum Road Frontage Setbacks: 55 metres from the boundary of a classified road and 15 metres from the boundary of other roads. (Note. The provisions of SEPP Infrastructure 2007 apply to development with frontage to a classified road). The “Byron Shire Roads Hierarchy” maps are available on Council’s website and show classified roads such as the Pacific Highway and other main roads.
No development is permitted within the building setback other than garbage storage facilities, mail boxes, landscaping, driveways and car parking spaces.
2. Minimum Side and Rear Boundary Setbacks: Based on consistency with the Objectives and Performance Criteria. Must comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.
Determination of setbacks will also depend on assessment of potential conflicts and buffer requirements pursuant to Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
1. To retain and enhance the unique character of Byron Shire and its distinctive landscapes, ecology, rural and natural areas.
2. To ensure that new development contributes to the character of its locality by respecting and complementing the natural and built environment.
The following principles shall be applied to all development:
a) site, building and landscaping design must address the climate;
b) where a building is visible from a public road, it must contribute to the rural and scenic character of the locality by means of good design, appropriate materials and effective landscaping;
c) there must be a reasonable degree of integration with the existing built, rural and natural environment, balanced with the desirability of providing for variety in the landscape;
d) the provision of verandahs, balconies, pergolas and other protective outdoor elements will be encouraged for visual, climatic and energy efficiency reasons;
e) well-designed overhanging eaves should be provided where feasible to protect against heavy rainfall and summer sun, while allowing winter sun penetration;
f) no roof may have a highly reflective surface. Any metal roof must have a colorbond or equivalent finish in a colour approved by council. White or light-coloured roofing will not be approved where likely to be visually intrusive or would result in significant glare for neighbouring properties;
g) details of building materials and surface colours must be submitted for assessment with a development application. All building materials must be compatible in character with their surrounding environment;
h) consistent with the NSW Coastal Council’s February 2003 publication ‘Coastal Design Guidelines for NSW’, namely the recommended design principles for buildings and development located in various categories of coastal and inland settlements, and for isolated coastal dwellings.
There are no Prescriptive Measures.
This Section outlines the controls applicable specifically to single dwelling houses in rural lands. It must be read in conjunction with the general provisions set out in Sections D2.1 and D2.2 of this Chapter.
In this Section, a reference to a dwelling house also includes a reference to an expanded house.
1. To provide adequate and visually compatible accommodation for vehicles.
1. Car parking must be provided on the site in a manner that provides convenient access for residents of the dwelling; safe and accessible in terms of visibility, turning and manoeuvring capabilities; and visually compatible with the site and its locality.
2. Car parking structures, including garages and carports, which are visible from the road must be compatible with the dwelling in terms of design and materials, and may form part of the dwelling structure.
Refer to Chapter B4 Traffic Planning, Vehicle Parking, Circulation and Access for detailed provisions regarding car parking and vehicle access.
1. To facilitate the storage and collection of garbage and recyclable products.
2. To ensure responsible management of sewage on the site.
1. Garbage and recyclable storage and collection facilities must be provided to meet residents’ needs and collections service requirements where roadside collection is available.
2. On-site sewage management is to comply with Chapter B3 Services.
There are no Prescriptive Measures.
1. To facilitate the provision of a dwelling house comprising a number of separate building components.
There are no Performance Criteria.
The design and use of the expanded house must conform to the following criteria:
a) No expanded house habitable outbuilding is to be located more than 20m from the wall of the main building, measured from wall to wall at the closest point;
b) the main building must contain an identifiable living area including the kitchen;
c) a maximum of three outbuildings may be connected to the main building by paths with an all-weather surface;
d) no separate driveway, car parking area, garage or carport structure is to be provided to service any outbuilding;
e) one outbuilding must be limited to a maximum floor area of 45m2 excluding decks, verandahs, patios, balconies and the like; and the others must be limited to a maximum 30m2 floor area excluding decks, verandahs, patios, balconies and the like;
f) none of the outbuildings is to contain facilities (e.g. kitchen, sink or the like) that would enable the preparation of food or beverages;
g) each separate outbuilding may incorporate a maximum of two bedrooms (including rooms with an ensuite or bathroom);
h) a maximum of one laundry per dwelling.
1. To meet the genuine long term needs of viable agricultural enterprises for housing for workers on the land.
2. To ensure that rural worker’s dwellings are located to avoid potential for conflicts with agricultural activities on adjoining land, to avoid adversely affecting the sustainability of the land for agriculture, and to ensure compatibility with the rural character of the locality and the shire.
3. To specify the evaluation criteria and development requirements that apply to establishment of rural worker’s dwellings.
1. Development applications must demonstrate that there is a genuine need and justification for a rural worker to live on the land, based on an existing/established legitimate agricultural activity.
2. The rural worker’s dwelling must be located so that it does not create potential for conflict with adjoining land uses. Determination of location and siting will depend on assessment of potential conflicts and buffer requirements pursuant to Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
3. Rural worker’s dwellings must be located and retained on the same legal title as the principal dwelling house on the farm property, and may not be excised by subdivision.
4. The rural worker’s dwelling to be commensurate in size, area and number of bedrooms to accommodate the rural worker(s) and immediate family.
1. The property must have at least the minimum land area specified for that land by the lot size map.
2. The rural worker’s dwelling must be erected within 160m of the existing principal dwelling house on the site, and must share the same vehicular access to the adjoining public road.
3. A development application must be accompanied by the following information that demonstrates:
a) property details, including legal description, area, zoning, existing use of all parts of the site;
b) property plan showing existing and proposed infrastructure (including buildings, sheds, services, etc) and land use;
c) labour requirements, including the number of persons required to conduct the farming operation, the times that labour is required (e.g. seasonal, daily), a description of the work to be undertaken by all personnel, and the critical components of the operation that require an on-site residence and rural worker/s;
d) potential conflicts, including the distance from the proposed rural worker’s dwelling to adjoining land holdings and potentially conflicting landuses (e.g. intensive horticulture, pesticide use, intensive livestock activities and the like).
e) access and site details, including a plan showing the location of the principal dwelling and the proposed rural worker’s dwelling; and proposed access arrangements from the public road to the principal dwelling on the site and the proposed rural worker’s dwelling.
f) justification demonstrating why it is not feasible to accommodate the rural worker offsite, e.g. in a nearby village, rural property or urban area.
This Section outlines requirements for the provision of dual occupancies (attached) in rural areas where permitted under the provisions of Byron LEP 2014.
and in rural areas
secondary dwellingsecondary dwelling
1. To provide adequate and visually compatible on-site accommodation of vehicles for residents and visitors.
Vehicular access to a dual occupancy
(attached ) as a result of vehicles revers ing into or out of
Car parking shall
satisfy the requirements for on-site car parking for dual occupancy
1. To ensure that dual occupancy
2. To minimise the footprint of dual occupancy
1. In assessing any proposal
for dual occupancy
particular consideration will be given to the topography and slope of the site,
design to minimise loss of privacy, bushfire and environmental constraints, the
visual impact of the proposal and the likely impact on water flows and
2. To encourage better visual
quality and greater public acceptance, dual occupancy
must be designed to be responsive to its location. It could look like a single dwelling or be sited in a clustered
arrangement with other farm buildings, garages, car ports or farm sheds.
3. Separate private open space must be provided for each dwelling in accordance with Section D2.5.4, and must be designed to be easily accessible to the dwelling it serves.
4. The applicant must demonstrate that the design of the development and the siting of the two dwellings will not generate additional adverse environmental impacts through excessive vegetation removal for bushfire protection or detract from the visual amenity of the locality.
B oth dwellings are to be 1.
contained in a circle with a diameter no greater
than 80 metres or not more than 50 metres apart
between the closest points. The dwellings
can be designed as one building under a common roof, two dwellings connected by a car port, garage or
covered breezeway or connected by way of a landscaped
garden path constructed from stone, concrete, pavers or the like. a)
, one set of power and
phone/ telecommunication lines, and other shared common elements (e.g. car
park/ garage areas, landscaping, water supply, effluent disposal systems,
garbage and recycling bin areas etc).
ual occupancy (detached)
dwellings shall be located not more
than 100 metres apart between the closest points. The must be serviced by a common vehicle access.
1. To ensure an acceptable acoustic environment for residents.
1. Where the dual occupancy (attached) is separated by a common dividing wall, that wall must be designed and constructed to resist sound and to ensure acoustic privacy and amenity between rooms.
2. Development must be designed to minimise noise and vibration impacts upon occupants of nearby dwellings. Where practicable, sources of noise must be sited away from adjoining properties, and where necessary must be screened by acoustic treatments.
There are no Prescriptive Measures.
1. To ensure that adequate accessible and useable open space is provided to meet the recreational, gardening and landscape needs of residents.
1. Private open space areas must be of dimensions to suit the projected requirements of the occupants and guests and to accommodate outdoor recreation needs, as well as providing space for service functions such as clothes drying and domestic storage.
2. Part of the private open space must be capable of enabling an extension of the function of the dwelling for relaxation, dining, entertainment, recreation and children's play, and be directly accessible from the dwelling. Provision must be made for space for private gardening such as vegetable gardens.
3. Location of private open space must take account of outlook, natural features of the site and neighbouring buildings or open space. Orientation of private open space must provide for maximum year round use in terms of sunlight.
4. Private recreational facilities must not adversely affect the amenity of adjacent properties.
1. Each dwelling must have a minimum landscaped area of private open space at ground level, not located in the front setback. The minimum private open space area will be 30m2 and will have a minimum length and width each of 4m, excluding any area used for vehicle circulation or parking.
2. The private open space area must not include any areas used for the management of on-site sewage effluent.
1. To ensure that rural dual occupancies
The development must be
located so that it does not create potential conflict with
adjoining agricultural activities or other legitimate land uses. Determination
of location and siting will depend on assessment of potential conflicts and
buffer requirements pursuant to Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use
must be compatible with the bulk, scale, height and character of the locality
and nearby development. The site characteristics, including slope and aspect,
must be taken into consideration in assessing the appropriate height and number
4. Adequate provision must be made for:
a) solar access and privacy of the proposed dwelling(s) and any adjacent dwellings;
b) reasonable protection of existing views from neighbouring houses;
c) access to natural light and solar access for the proposed dwelling(s) and any adjacent dwelling(s).
Multiple Occupancy has historically been a preferred way of living in the rural areas of Byron Shire. The following controls have been prepared to implement the Aims, Guiding Principles, Best Practice Guidelines and Performance Standards of the Byron Rural Settlement Strategy 1998 relating to Multiple Occupancy Development.
1. To reflect the objectives and provisions of Byron LEP 2014 relating to Multiple Occupancy Development.
2. To enable:
a) people to collectively own a single property and use it as their principal place of residence, and
b) the erection of multiple dwellings on the lot and the sharing of facilities and resources, and
c) the collective environmental repair and management of the lot, and
d) the pooling of resources to economically develop a wide range of communal rural living opportunities.
3. To facilitate closer rural settlement in a clustered style in a manner that:
a) protects the environment, and
b) does not create an unreasonable demand for the provision of services or a demand for the uneconomic provision of services, and
c) does not involve subdivision under Community Title, Torrens Title or Strata Title, or any other form of separate land title, and
d) to implement the aims, guiding principles, guidelines and performance standards for rural settlement in the Byron Rural Settlement Strategy 1998, available from the office of the council.
1. The location of dwelling houses, including any existing dwelling house(s), are to be sited in a clustered style to facilitate social interaction between residents, to limit the cost of construction for residents in terms of the provision of services and access roads, and minimising environmental impacts from unnecessary earthworks and vegetation removal.
2. The siting of dwelling houses shall have regard to the physical characteristics of the land, including topography, drainage lines, existing vegetation, bushfire constraints and other hazards and accessibility by vehicle.
3. Suitable detail, reports and management plans to be submitted with the application demonstrating:
a) the proposal will have a positive impact upon the environment through environmental repair and enhancement;
b) measures for the management of the land by various landowners setting out rights and responsibilities, dispute resolution and collective use of resources;
c) how effluent will be disposed of on site, water will be managed and hazards such as bushfire mitigated.
1. Siting and Clustering of House Sites
a) Dwelling houses must be clustered in three (3) or more houses or future house sites. Separate clustering must demonstrate that the environmental and social impact or impacts of a number of dwelling houses and building clusters is less than a single clustering of dwelling houses and buildings. Clustering is defined to be dwelling houses, community buildings, garages, farm sheds and any other buildings located within close proximity and easy walking distance to each other. The distances apart must average 80 metres in a cluster but not exceeding 160 metres between any two dwelling houses in a cluster.
b) The Council shall not grant consent where the proposed development is in a dispersed style. A dispersed style is a style in which the dwelling houses are located throughout the developable land resulting in longer than necessary road access arrangements or longer than necessary power supply arrangements or adverse social or environmental impacts.
c) All dwelling houses, or sites for future dwelling houses to be located with floor levels above the flood planning level of any natural waterbody, watercourse, river, creek or wetland.
d) No building or future dwelling house site envelope to be within 55 m of a classified road.
e) Dwelling houses, future house sites, farm sheds and other structures to be sited in accordance with the requirements of Chapter C3 Visually Prominent Sites, Visually Prominent Development & View Sharing.
2. Environmental Impact Assessment Report
An Environmental Impact Assessment Report should be prepared to Council’s satisfaction to determine the area and location of developable land. It should address the following matters:
a) A full description of the development and the existing environment likely to be affected, including a concept plan and land capability and suitability report which identifies the following:
i) lands subject to bushfire hazards (Vegetation Category 1 and 2), flooding (land affected by 1:100 ARI flood event) and slopes greater than 20 percent;
ii) prime agricultural lands, (classes 1, 2 and 3);
iii) High conservation value vegetation and habitats and existing habitat areas for flora, fauna or ecological communities listed under the Threatened Species and Conservation Act 1995 and associated buffers;
iv) areas identified for environmental repair, weeding and plantings;
v) watercourses, natural drainage lines, permanent creeks, streams, wetlands and associated buffers;
vi) areas of visual significance as seen from public roads, parks and elsewhere in the general public domain;
vii) land slip areas and soil erosion areas;
viii) adjoining or surrounding land uses, including intensive livestock agriculture, extensive agricultural activities, intensive plant agriculture and extractive industries (including potential areas of extractive resources) which may produce a conflict with the proposed multiple occupancy having regard to the buffers needed to protect future residential amenity;
ix) any contaminated sites such as dip sites, sawmills, quarries or chemical storage dumps and associated buffers;
x) directions, distances and standard of roads to local shops, halls, schools, parks and community facilities;
xi) school bus services and capacity to meet any likely increase in demand;
xii) internal access roads both existing and proposed;
footprints of all proposed and existing dwelling
houses and other building sites including community buildings, sheds
and any other farm structures.
b) As a result of the above, an assessment is to be made to calculate the area and location of developable land which is relatively unconstrained and potentially suitable for the location of dwelling houses, community buildings and other buildings. It is this developable land area where Council will expect to see the proposed dwellings clustered.
The decision as to whether or not land is unsuitable for development must take into account the combined effect of each of the matters described in Prescriptive Measure 2(a)(i) to (ix) above on all parts of the property, together with any proposed management or impact amelioration measures.
3. Rural Landsharing Management Plan
A Rural Landsharing Management Plan should be prepared to Council’s satisfaction and clearly address the following issues:
a) the degree of recognition and understanding among the community regarding collective land ownership and use of resources;
b) the designated theme for the respective Multiple Occupancy Community;
c) the aims and objectives of the respective Multiple Occupancy Community;
d) any intentions of the respective Multiple Occupancy Community in terms of social cohesion, development of community, cooperation and sharing, development of rural living opportunities, the construction of buildings, the use of land, and any economic or business development or other activities which are intended to take place on the land;
e) how ownership ‘shares’ or an individuals entitlements are to be allocated including the means proposed for establishing land ownership, dwelling house occupancy rights, environmental and community management and the internal enforcement provisions of the Rural Landsharing Management Plan are deemed by the Council to be adequate and workable;
f) how shareholders or owners in the Multiple Occupancy Development are to reach decisions on matters affecting the Multiple Occupancy Community;
g) how shareholders or owners can dispose of their interest in the Multiple Occupancy Community;
h) provisions for mediation and dispute resolution provisions;
i) the type of behaviour which is permissible on the Multiple Occupancy Community in terms of what is acceptable regarding:
i) use of the land for housing, commercial agriculture, domestic food production and other purposes;
ii) visitors and tourists;
iv) use of chemicals;
v) keeping of cats, dogs and other animals;
viii) disposal of sewage;
ix) disposal of domestic waste and recycling;
x) environmental repair; and
any other appropriate matters.
Access roads All internal access roads a)
must have a minimum width of 4.0m; a)
gradients in excess of 12% are to be bitumen or
concrete sealed; a)
must be constructed and drained to provide
all-weather access for two wheel drive vehicles; and a)
in bushfire prone areas must be designed and
constructed to comply with the requirements of the Rural Fire Service (for
further detail see Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006).
5. Bushfire Management
In areas mapped as bushfire prone land a detailed Bushfire Assessment Report, prepared by a suitably qualified professional to be submitted with the development application. The report is to include as a minimum the following details:
a) a description (including the address) of the property on which the development the subject of the application is proposed to be carried out;
b) a classification of the vegetation on and surrounding the property (out to a distance of 140 metres from the boundaries of the property) in accordance with the system for classification of vegetation contained in Planning for Bush Fire Protection;
c) an assessment of the slope of the land on and surrounding the property (out to a distance of 100 metres from the boundaries of the property);
d) identification of any significant environmental features on the property;
e) the details of any threatened species, population or ecological community identified under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 that is known to the applicant to exist on the property;
f) the details and location of any Aboriginal object (within the meaning of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974) or Aboriginal place (within the meaning of that Act) that is known to the applicant to be situated on the property;
g) a bush fire assessment for the proposed development (including the methodology used in the assessment) that addresses the following matters:
i) the extent to which the development is to provide for setbacks, including asset protection zones for each dwelling house or future house site within the multiple occupancy;
ii) the siting and adequacy of water supplies for fire fighting;
iii) the capacity of public roads in the vicinity to handle increased volumes of traffic in the event of a bush fire emergency, and any upgrading that may be required;
iv) whether or not public roads in the vicinity that link with the fire trail network have two-way access;
v) the adequacy of proposed arrangements for access to and egress from the Multiple Occupancy for the purposes of an emergency response;
vi) the adequacy of bush fire maintenance plans and fire emergency procedures for the multiple occupancy;
vii) the construction standards to be used for building elements in the development, including details on any upgrading of existing buildings in terms of the Australian Standard 3959 – 2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, or construction standards for new buildings;
viii) the adequacy of sprinkler systems and other fire protection measures to be incorporated into the development;
h) an assessment of the extent to which the proposed development conforms with or deviates from the standards, specific objectives and performance criteria set out in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 or as amended.
6. Vegetation Management Plan
a) In accordance with the Byron Rural Settlement Strategy it has been a requirement that proposals for Multiple Occupancy development to also include an element of environmental repair and enhancement based on 900 trees per dwelling house. Such repair is to be focused on the expansion of wildlife corridors, reconnecting vegetation remnants, and enhancing riparian areas and habitat for threatened species and endangered plant communities.
b) Where properties are significantly infested by woody weeds (e.g. camphor laurel, lantana etc) Council will consider requests to undertake environmental repair and enhancement activities based on weed control and assisted natural regeneration and a lesser number of trees to be planted where it can be demonstrated that the proposal will have a similar positive environmental impact to planting 900 trees per dwelling house.
c) Council will also consider requests to undertake environmental repair and enhancement activities on other rural sites within the Shire (instead of on the land the subject of the application) where it can be demonstrated that the subject land:
i) contains adequate native vegetation cover not threatened by competitive/ inhibiting weed or noxious plant invasion and requires no further environmental repair and enhancement activities; or
ii) contains existing reafforestation works undertaken as part of a long term program and where such works can be substantiated to Council’s satisfaction; or
the vegetation attributes of the land, the applicant identifies a higher
priority location in the same local catchment area requiring urgent
environmental repair and enhancement and that Council agrees to such a location.
d) Applications for Multiple Occupancy Development are to include a vegetation management plan detailing the revegetation and/or restoration program to be carried out over a period of at least five (5) years. The content of the vegetation management plan shall include the following:
i) site features including maps showing the location of riparian areas, existing native vegetation stands, weed infestations, threatened species and proposed management zones for revegetation and/or restoration;
ii) the principal aims and objectives of the plan as they relate to the flora and fauna communities and habitat on the land and surrounding localities;
iii) a detailed planting and/or restoration strategy to achieve these aims and objectives and, where applicable, a longer term program for the eradication/ management of Camphor Laurels and other weed species;
iv) specific locations, spacing/density, names and mature heights of tree and shrub and other species to be planted;
v) an implementation schedule including the expected completion date for planting activities;
vi) how adequate site preparation and maintenance, including the initial clearing and on-going control of competitive/inhibiting grass and weeds, mechanisms to protect plantings from stock (fencing essential) or other browsing animals including natives (e.g. Wallabies) will be undertaken within planting areas;
vii) a species planting list appropriate to the relevant area and details of provenance to ensure only locally sourced species are used in revegetation works;
viii) performance indicators such as a 90% survival rate (of establishment of planted trees), to be achieved at the end of 24 months following the completion of planting activities or at a later date as agreed upon by Council for reasons such as climatic or geographic factors, or appropriate changes in cover of native and exotic species. A Council appointed person may undertake a site assessment at a nominal cost to applicant to determine compliance with any performance indicators;
ix) a monitoring and evaluation strategy to measure performance indicators and demonstrate progress against plan objectives. This may involve both qualitative and quantitative monitoring;
x) templates for documenting revegetation and/or restoration activities (i.e. daily record sheets), and vegetation monitoring;
xi) reporting and auditing requirements over a five year period from the time of commencement to the time of completion. Reports are to include:
· an assessment of progress against plan objectives, performance targets and activities as detailed in the implementation schedule;
· copies of daily record sheets and monitoring sheets, deviations from the approved schedule of works and adaptive management recommendations (if required).
As a minimum, one progress report to be factored in after year 2 and reported to Council and a final audit report following completion of work to be submitted to Council. The progress report and final audit report are to be certified by a suitably qualified bush regenerator, ecologist or environmental scientist that works approved under the vegetation management plan have been completed.
7. Water Management Plan
a) A Water Management Plan to be submitted with the development application addressing the following:
i) location, source and capacity of water supply for domestic, agricultural and fire prevention uses;
ii) how the layout of the multiple occupancy and location of dwelling houses and future house sites, will protect drainage lines and water courses;
iii) where a reliable dam supply is necessary to satisfy irrigation and stock requirements, that a quantifiable criteria of water catchment area has been established based on rainfall data, runoff data, expected consumption and a connecting formulae;
iv) minimum water tank storage for domestic use is 40,000 litres per dwelling house plus any additional requirements of the Rural Fire Service for fire fighting purposes; and
v) adequate water conservation measures (dual flush toilets, aerated shower roses and bathroom taps, water reuse, etc.) to be implemented as part of the development.
b) An assessment of the impact on groundwater and surface water according to the NSW State Groundwater Policy and Framework Document 1997.
c) Multiple use of dams and pumps to supply water for any purpose must be authorised under the provisions of the Water Management Act 2000 or the Water Act 1912.
8. Effluent Disposal
Details to be submitted with the development application by
a suitably qualified professional that effluent can be disposed of on site in
accordance with Council requirements for rural dwelling houses. The report is
to be prepared in accordance with the requirements of
Chapter B3 Services.
9. Dwelling houses
Individual dwelling houses to comply with the relevant provisions contained within this Chapter for single dwelling houses, including D2.2 and D2.3.
Studios are meant for activities which may not be suitable in the dwelling house. This could include for example painting, pottery, playing music, writing, other artistic pursuits or an office space for a home office. The studio is not meant to be used a separate bedroom, nor is meant to be a secondary dwelling or for other habitable purposes.
Farm buildings, sheds and other structures are meant for rural activities such as a farm workshop, and the storage of farm equipment, stock, feed, and the like. Like studios they are not meant to be used for separate habitable purposes.
1. To enable construction and use of a detached building that is ancillary to and compatible in character with a dwelling where, because of its nature or space requirements the proposed use of the building is not practical within the confines of the dwelling.
1. The proponent must demonstrate that the studio is required for a purpose that, because of its nature or space requirements is not practical to undertake within the confines of the dwelling.
2. The studio must not be used for separate habitation and be compatible in design and character with the dwelling and its environment.
Only one studio is permitted for each dwelling. The studio must:
a) be situated on the same site as the dwelling;
b) not exceed 60m2 gross floor area;
c) not contain internal partitions other than those necessary for ablution facilities or demonstrably required for the use of the studio (e.g. photography darkroom);
d) not contain a kitchen;
e) not be used for separate habitation;
f) the studio to be contained in a circle with a diameter no greater than 100 metres around the dwelling house;
g) not require additional clearing of native vegetation, or the provision of additional public services infrastructure over and above that required by the dwelling.
1. To specify criteria for establishment of farm buildings.
2. To maintain the character and amenity of the Shire’s Rural Zones.
3. To minimise conflicts between developments in Rural Zones.
1. Farm buildings must observe the road and boundary setback requirements specified in Section D2.2.2 and the character and visual impact requirements specified in Section D2.2.3.
2. Determination of siting, extent and nature of development must be consistent with the provisions of Chapter B6 Buffers and Minimising Land Use Conflict.
There are no Prescriptive Measures.