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Infrastructure and collaboration

Actions
Responsibility
1

Prioritise infrastructure investments to support the vision of A Metropolis of Three Cities.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

2

Sequence growth across the three cities to promote north-south and east-west connections.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

3

Align forecast growth with infrastructure.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

4

Sequence infrastructure provision using a place-based approach.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

5

Consider the adaptability of infrastructure and its potential shared use when preparing infrastructure strategies and plans.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

6

Maximise the utility of existing infrastructure assets and consider strategies to influence behaviour changes, to reduce the demand for new infrastructure, including supporting the development of adaptive and flexible regulations to allow decentralised utilities.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

7

Identify, prioritise and deliver Collaboration Areas.

Greater Sydney Commission

Liveability

Actions
Responsibility
8

Deliver social infrastructure that reflects the needs of the community now and in the future.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

9

Optimise the use of available public land for social infrastructure.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

10

Deliver healthy, safe, and inclusive places for people of all ages and abilities that support active, resilient and socially connected communities by:

a. providing walkable places at a human scale with active street life
b. prioritising opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport
c. co-locating schools, health, aged care, sporting and cultural facilities.
d. promoting local access to healthy fresh food, and supporting local fresh food production.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

11

Incorporate cultural and linguistic diversity in strategic planning and engagement.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

12

Consider the local infrastructure implications of areas that accommodate large migrant and refugee populations.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

13

Strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities by engagement and consultation with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to better understand and support their economic aspirations as they relate to land use planning.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

14

Facilitate opportunities for creative and artistic expression and participation, wherever feasible, with a minimum regulatory burden, including:

a. arts enterprises and facilities and creative industries
b. interim and temporary uses
c. appropriate development of the night-time economy.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

15

Strengthen social connections within and between communities through better understanding of the nature of social networks and supporting infrastructure in local places.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

16

Prepare local or district housing strategies that address the following:

a. the delivery of five-year housing supply targets for each local government area
b. the delivery of 6–10 year (when agreed) housing supply targets for each local government area
c. capacity to contribute to the longer term 20-year strategic housing target for the District
d. the housing strategy requirements outlined in Objective 10 of A Metropolis of Three Cities that include:

i. creating capacity for more housing in the right locations
ii. supporting planning and delivery of growth areas and planned precincts as relevant to each local government area
iii. supporting investigation of opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure
iv. supporting the role of centres.

Blacktown City Council

City of Parramatta Council

Cumberland Council

The Hills Shire Council

17

Prepare Affordable Rental Housing Target Schemes following development of implementation arrangements.

Councils and other planning authorities

1

Using a place-based and collaborative approach throughout planning, design, development and management deliver great places by:

a. prioritising a people-friendly public realm and open spaces as a central organising design principle
b. recognising and balancing the dual function of streets as places for people and movement
c. providing fine grain urban form, diverse land use mix, high amenity and walkability, in and within a 10-minute walk of centres
d. integrating social infrastructure to support social connections and provide a community hub
e. recognising and celebrating the character of the place and its people

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

2

Identify, conserve and enhance environmental heritage by:

a. engaging with the community early in the planning process to understand heritage values and how they contribute to the significance of the place
b. applying adaptive re-use and interpreting heritage to foster distinctive local places
c. managing and monitoring the cumulative impact of development on the heritage values and character of places.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

3

Use place-based planning to support the role of centres as a focus for connected neighbourhoods.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

4

In Collaboration Areas, Planned Precincts and planning for centres:

a. investigate opportunities for precinct based provision of adaptable car parking and infrastructure in lieu of private provision of car parking
b. ensure parking availability takes into account the level of access by public transport
c. consider the capacity for places to change and evolve, and accommodate diverse activities over time
d. incorporate facilities to encourage the use of car sharing, electric and hybrid vehicles including changing stations.

Use place-based planning to support the role of centres as a focus for connected neighbourhoods.

5

Use flexible and innovative approaches to revitalise high streets in decline.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

Productivity

Actions
Responsibility
32

Integrate land use and transport plans to deliver the 30-minute city.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

33

Investigate, plan and protect future transport and infrastructure corridors.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

34

Support innovative approaches to the operation of business, educational and institutional establishments to improve the performance of the transport network.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

35

Optimise the efficiency and effectiveness of the freight handling and logistics network by:

a. protecting current and future freight corridors and shared freight corridors
b. balancing the need to minimise negative impacts of freight movements on urban amenity with the need to support efficient freight movements and deliveries
c. identifying and protecting key freight routes
d. limiting incompatible uses in areas expected to have intense freight activity.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

36

Protect transport corridors as appropriate, including the Western Sydney Freight Line, North South train link from Schofields to Western Sydney Airport as well as the Outer Sydney Orbital and Bells Line of Road-Castlereagh connection.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

23

Strengthen the economic competitiveness of Greater Parramatta and grow its vibrancy by:

a. enabling the development of an internationally competitive health and education precinct at Westmead
b. creating opportunities for an expanded office market
c. balancing residential development with the needs of commercial development including, if required, a commercial core
d. providing for a wide range of cultural, entertainment, arts and leisure activities
e. improving the quality of Parramatta Park and Parramatta River and their walking and cycling connections to Westmead and Parramatta CBD
f. providing for a diverse and vibrant night-time economy, in a way that responds to potential negative impacts.

City of Parramatta Council, NSW Health and other planning authorities

24

Revitalise Hawkesbury Road so that it becomes the civic, transport, commercial and community heart of Westmead.

City of Parramatta Council, Cumberland Council, NSW Health and other planning authorities

25

Support emergency services transport, including helicopter access.

City of Parramatta Council, NSW Health and other planning authorities

26

Prioritise:

a. public transport investment to improve connectivity to Greater Parramatta from the Harbour CBD, Western Sydney Airport- Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis, Sydney Olympic Park, Westmead, Macquarie Park, Norwest and Kogarah via Bankstown.
b. infrastructure investments, particularly those focused on access to the transport network, which enhance walkability within 2 kilometres of metropolitan or strategic centres or 10 minutes walking distance of a local centre
c. infrastructure investments, particularly those focused on access to the transport network, which enhance cycling connectivity within five kilometres of a strategic centre or 10 kilometres of Greater Parramatta.

City of Parramatta Council, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

27

Manage car parking and identify smart traffic management strategies.

City of Parramatta Council, NSW Health & other planning authorities

28

Investigate opportunities for renewal of Westmead East as a mixed-use precinct, including the need for new or augmented road connections to serve increased densities at Westmead East.

City of Parramatta Council, NSW Health & other planning authorities

29

Prioritise public transport investment to deliver the 30-minute city objective for strategic centres along the GPOP Economic Corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

30

Prioritise transport investments that enhance access to the GPOP Economic Corridor and between centres within the GPOP Economic Corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

31

Co-locate health, education, social and community facilities in strategic centres along the GPOP Economic Corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

37

Provide access to jobs, goods and services in centres by:

a. attracting significant investment and business activity in strategic centres to provide jobs growth
b. diversifying the range of activities in all centres
c. creating vibrant, safe places and a quality public realm
d. focusing on a human-scale public realm and locally accessible open space
e. balancing the efficient movement of people and goods with supporting the liveability of places on the road network
f. improving the walkability within and to centres
g. completing and improving a safe and connected cycling network to and within centres
h. improving public transport services to all strategic centres
i. conserving and interpreting heritage significance
j. designing parking that can be adapted to future uses
k. providing for a diverse and vibrant night-time economy in a way that responds to potential negative impacts
l. creating the conditions for residential development within strategic centres and within walking distance (up to 10 minutes), but not at the expense of the attraction and growth of jobs, retailing and services; where appropriate, strategic centres should define commercial cores informed by an assessment of their need.

Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills councils, other planning authorities, and infrastructure agencies

38

Create new centres in accordance with the Principles for Greater Sydney’s Centres.

Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills councils, other planning authorities, and infrastructure agencies

39

Prioritise strategic land use and infrastructure plans for growing centres, particularly those with capacity for additional retail floor space.

Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills councils, other planning authorities, and infrastructure agencies

40

Strengthen Blacktown through approaches that:

a. protect the commercial core to achieve the centre’s job targets and reinforce the ring road network
b. improve pedestrian connectivity, particularly across the Western Railway Line
c. reinforce and capitalise on the health and education activities located in the Blacktown health and education precinct
d. manage land around the hospital so as not to preclude future expansion of the hospital and/or co-location of a tertiary education facility
e. deliver ancillary uses which add value to the health and education facilities, including residential, aged care facilities, visitor accommodation, health and medical research activities, non-critical patient care and commercial uses which will be complementary to and help to revitalise the health precinct
f. improve wayfinding within the centre
g. promote advanced manufacturing, research and innovation in the Blacktown business park

Blacktown City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

41

Strengthen  Castle  Hill  through  approaches  that:

a. provide capacity to achieve the centre’s job targets
b. align State priorities for expenditure on regional roads, schools and utilities to support growth forecasts and to address current deficits
c. complete the upgrade of Showground Road and the Castle Hill Ring Road system
d. develop public domain plans to enhance identified pedestrian linkages to the future Castle Hill transport hub.

The Hills Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

42

Continue the review of planning controls for the Epping Town Centre in collaboration with State agencies.

City of Parramatta Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

43

Strengthen Marsden Park through approaches that:

a. facilitate a variety of activities that meet the needs of the residents of the western part of the North West Growth Area
b. establish the potential station location to ensure transport access supports the development of the town centre
c. work with NSW Government to identify a corridor west of Marsden Park town centre to extend the public transport network to Western Sydney Airport
d. integrate the Marsden Park Industrial Precinct with the town centre, including walking and cycling connections

Blacktown City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

44

Strengthen Mount Druitt through approaches that:

a. improve connectivity to employment opportunities in the Western Sydney Employment Area, the Western Sydney Airport and Marsden Park
b. improve accessibility to and within the centre, including connections and wayfinding between Mount Druitt Hospital, railway station and bus interchange
c. reinforce the important role of the centre in providing social support services to communities in the broader Mount Druitt area.
d. reinforce the important role of the centre in providing social support services to the disadvantage communities in the broader Mount Druitt area.

Blacktown City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

45

Strengthen Norwest through approaches that:

a. retain and grow commercial capacity to achieve the centre’s job targets
b. encourage complementary retail services around Norwest Lake and the station precinct

The Hills Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

46

Work with NSW Government to identify a potential future corridor for mass transit links to Greater Parramatta.

The Hills Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

47

Strengthen Rouse Hill through approaches that:

a. investigate opportunities for future expansion of the centre
b. enhance pedestrian and cycleway linkages, particularly across Windsor Road
c. promote complementary business uses on land adjacent to the Rouse Hill town centre
d. leverage government owned land around Caddies Creek to provide additional active sporting opportunities.

The Hills Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

48

Strengthen Sydney Olympic Park through approaches that:

a. explore opportunities to attract public and private sports, health and physical education and tertiary education facilities as anchor tenants to activate the Sydney Olympic Park town centre
b. coordinate land use and infrastructure planning around the future for Stage 2 and Sydney Metro West stations at Olympic Park.

City of Parramatta Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

49

Review and manage industrial and urban service land, in line with the principles for managing industrial and urban services land, in the identified local government areas (refer to Figure 20) by undertaking a review of all industrial lands to confirm their retention or transition to higher order uses (such as business parks) and prepare appropriate controls to maximise business and employment outcomes, considering the changing nature of industries in the area.

Greater Sydney Commission, Blacktown City Council, Cumberland Council, City of Parramatta Council, The Hills Shire Council and other planning authorities

50

Retain and manage industrial urban and services land, in line with the principles for managing industrial and urban services land, in the identified local government areas (refer to Figure 20) by safe-guarding all industrial zoned land from conversion to residential development, including conversion to mixed-use zones. In updating local environmental plans, councils are to conduct a strategic review of industrial lands.

Blacktown City Council, The Hills Shire Council and other planning authorities

51

Facilitate the contemporary adaptation of industrial and warehouse buildings through increased floor to ceiling heights.

Councils and other planning authorities

52

Manage the interfaces of industrial areas, trade gateways and intermodal facilities by:

Land use activities

a. providing buffer areas to nearby activities, such as residential uses, that are sensitive to emissions from 24-hour freight functions
b. retaining industrial lands for intermodal and logistics uses from the encroachment of commercial, residential and other non-compatible uses which would adversely affect industry viability to facilitate ongoing operation and long-term growth
c. identifying and preserving land for future intermodal and rail infrastructure
d. accommodating advanced manufacturing where appropriate by zoning that reflects emerging development models
e. ensuring adequate land is available for transit uses, for example, bus layovers 

Transport operations

f. providing the required commercial and passenger vehicle, and freight and passenger rail access
g. improving freight connectivity by both road and the proposed Western Sydney Freight Line from Villawood to Eastern Creek, via Yennora, Smithfield and Wetherill Park to improve business-to-business and supply chain connectivity along this industrial corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

53

Facilitate health and education precincts that:

a. create the conditions for the continued co-location of health and education facilities, and services to support the precinct and growth of the precincts
b. have high levels of accessibility
c. attract associated businesses, industries and commercialisation of research
d. facilitate housing opportunities for students and workers within 30 minutes of the precinct.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

54

Provide a regulatory environment that enables economic opportunities created by changing technologies.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

55

Consider the barriers to the growth of internationally competitive trade sectors, including engaging with industry and assessing regulatory barriers.

Councils and other planning authorities

56

Protect and support agricultural production and mineral resources (in particular, construction materials) by preventing inappropriately dispersed urban activities in rural areas.

Councils and other planning authorities

57

Consider opportunities to implement place-based initiatives to attract more visitors, improve visitor experiences and ensure connections to transport at key tourist attractions.

Councils and other planning authorities

58

Consider opportunities to enhance the tourist and visitor economy in the District, including a coordinated approach to tourism activities, events and accommodation.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

59

When preparing plans for tourism and visitation, consider:

a. encouraging the development of a range of well-designed and located facilities
b. enhancing the amenity, vibrancy and safety of centres and township precincts
c. supporting the development of places for artistic and cultural activities
d. improving public facilities and access
e. protecting heritage and biodiversity to enhance cultural and eco-tourism
f. supporting appropriate growth of the night-time economy
g. developing industry skills critical to growing the visitor economy.

Councils and other planning authorities

Sustainability

Actions
Responsibility
60

Protect environmentally sensitive areas of waterways.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

61

Enhance sustainability and liveability by improving and managing access to waterways and foreshores for recreation, tourism, cultural events and water-based transport.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

62

Improve the health of catchments and waterways through a risk-based approach to managing the cumulative impacts of development including coordinated monitoring of outcomes.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

63

Work towards reinstating more natural conditions in highly modified urban waterways.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

64

Implement the South Creek Corridor Project and use the design principles for South Creek to deliver a cool and green Western Parkland City.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

65

Protect and enhance biodiversity by:

a. supporting landscape-scale biodiversity conservation and the restoration of bushland corridors
b. managing urban bushland and remnant vegetation as green infrastructure
c. managing urban development and urban bushland to reduce edgeeffect impacts.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

66

Identify and protect scenic and cultural landscapes.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

67

Enhance and protect views of scenic and cultural landscapes from the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

68

Expand urban tree canopy in the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

69

Progressively refine the detailed design and delivery of:

a. Greater Sydney Green Grid priority corridors and projects important to the District
b. opportunities for connections that form the long-term vision of the network.
c. walking and cycling links for transport as well as leisure and recreational trips.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

70

Create Greater Sydney Green Grid connections to the Western Sydney Parklands.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

71

Maximise the use of existing open space and protect, enhance and expand public open space by:

a. providing opportunities to expand a network of diverse, accessible, high quality open spaces that respond to the needs and values of communities as populations grow 
b. investigating opportunities to provide new open space so that all residential areas are within 400 metres of open space and all high density residential areas (over 60 dwellings per hectare) are within 200 metres of open space
c. requiring large urban renewal initiatives to demonstrate how the quality of, or access to, high quality and diverse local open space is maintained or improved
d. planning new neighbourhoods with a sufficient quantity and quality of new open space
e. delivering shared and co-located sports and recreational facilities including shared school grounds and repurposed golf courses
f. delivering or complementing the Greater Sydney Green Grid
g. providing walking and cycling links for transport as well as leisure and recreational trips.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

72

Explore new recreational opportunities at Prospect Reservoir in collaboration with Sydney Water, the Commission and other stakeholders.

Western Sydney Parklands Trust

73

Maintain or enhance the values of the Metropolitan Rural Area using place-based planning to deliver targeted environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Councils and other planning authorities

74

Limit urban development to within the Urban Area.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

75

Support initiatives that contribute to the aspirational objective of achieving net- zero emissions by 2050, especially through the establishment of low-carbon precincts in Growth Areas, Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, State Significant Precincts and Urban Transformation projects.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

76

Support precinct-based initiatives to increase renewable energy generation and energy and water efficiency, especially in Growth Areas, Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, State Significant Precincts and Urban Transformation projects.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

77

Protect existing and identify new locations for waste recycling and management.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

78

Support innovative solutions to reduce the volume of waste and reduce waste transport requirements.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

79

Encourage the preparation of low-carbon, high efficiency strategies to reduce emissions, optimise the use of water, reduce waste and optimise car parking provision where an increase in total floor area greater than 100,000 square metres is proposed in any contiguous area of 10 or more hectares.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

80

Investigate potential regulatory mechanisms such as a Protection of the Environment Policy (PEP) that sets low-carbon, high efficiency targets to be met through increased energy efficiency, water recycling and waste avoidance, reduction or re-use. This could include a framework for the monitoring and verification of performance for precincts in Growth Areas, Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, urban renewal precincts and housing growth areas that are planned to have an increase in total floor area greater than 100,000 square metres.

Environmental Protection Authority

81

Support initiatives that respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

82

Avoid locating new urban development in areas exposed to natural and urban hazards and consider options to limit the intensification of development in existing urban areas most exposed to hazards.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

83

Mitigate the urban heat island effect and reduce vulnerability to extreme heat.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

84

Respond to the direction for managing flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley as set out in Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities – Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

85

Consider  strategies  and  measures  to  manage  flash  flooding  and  safe  evacuation  when  planning  for  growth  in  the  Parramatta  CBD.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

Implementation

Actions
Responsibility
1

The Greater Sydney Commission will require a local environmental plan review to include:

a. an assessment of the local environment plan against the district plan Planning Priorities and Actions
b. local context analysis
c. a overview and program for the local strategic planning required to inform the preparation of a local strategic planning statement that will inform updates to the local environmental plan

Councils

2

Develop performance indicators in consultation with state agencies and councils that ensure the 10 Directions to inform inter-agency, State and local government decision-making.

Greater Sydney Commission, State agencies and councils