Barrio Outdoor Space Extension

PLANNERS NORTH has been engaged by Bayshore Developments Pty Ltd to prepare a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) to accompany a Development Application for consideration by Byron Shire Council in regard to premises at Habitat, being land described as Lot 2 DP 71119, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay.

The development proposal was to increase the external dining area of Barrio to largely encompass the entire commercial precinct courtyard. No change was proposed to the currently approved 216 patron limit for the café. The below plan illustrates the extent of the proposed dining area.

Barrio Outdoor Space Proposed Works

Barrio Proposed Licensing Plan

The Barrio Outdoor Space is intended to provide outdoor dining adjacent to the café. It will primarily service the needs of workers and residents of Habitat but will also serve local Sunrise Beach Estate residents as well as people working in the Arts and Industry Estate.

The expanded Outdoor Space is intended to be utilised in association with the Barrio Café and will operate during the same hours as the Café.

Barrio is approved for use as a Café/Restaurant under Development Approval DA 2015/353 and DA 2017/437 and currently Barrio operates:

•              Monday to Saturday 7am to 10:30pm

•              Closed Sundays

With respect to the licensed premises use of the outdoor space, it is proposed to extend the existing Barrio restaurant approval to include the whole of the Barrio outdoor space.  The hours of operation (10am – 10pm) and other conditions relevant to the existing license are proposed to be retained.

Barrio DA plan

Existing Plan

Why does the developer need to do a Social Impact Assessment?

The requirement for the Social Impact Assessment is triggered by Clause B12.1.3(2)(m) – Licensed Restaurants, of Byron Shire Development Control Plan Chapter B12.

The Development Consent is proposed to be sought for alterations to the existing Habitat Commercial Precinct entailing:

  • an expansion of the dining area of Barrio to include the outdoor, grassed quadrangle;
  • Provide acoustic barrier (doubling as storage area) at the rear of Barrio to address refrigeration condenser noise and to provide additional storage; 
  • Better control delivery access to Penny Lane with the installation of a keypad entry security gate;
  • Review delivery restrictions with a view to setting deliveries from 6.30am or 7am daily (currently from 8am); and
  • make alterations to the opening hours of the ground floor premises in the commercial precinct to 8pm