The Byron Shire Council announces the adoption of the Byron Bay Town Centre masterplan designed by landscape architecture and urban design practice McGregor Coxall.
The people-focussed masterplan features a redesigned foreshore parkland, a network of bio-diverse streets and the flexible programming of public space. Vehicle access and parking will be limited and moved to the edges of the town, increasing accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, a transport interchange may be shifted to make way for public space by extending the existing Railway Square.
Key highlights of McGregor Coxall’s masterplan for Byron Bay also include the creation of heritage and interpretation tours; improving sightlines across the town centre by significantly reducing the presence of vehicles; activating streets and laneways; and increasing greenery by adding more tree cover including creating an ‘Edible Street’ lined with edible plant species on Marvell Street.
Car parking space will be reduced at the well-known Main Beach area, one of twelve precincts identified in the masterplan, while its surf lifesaving club will be redeveloped and a new play space introduced.
McGregor Coxall led the development of the draft masterplan, working with the Byron Shire Council as well as place-making consultant People Place and Partnership, architecture practice Space Studio, and planning organisation Hill PDA among others.
Images: McGregor Coxall