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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 agencies

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 tha t 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 Stateowned 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.

Bayside Council, Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay, Council of the City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Randwick City Council, Strathfield Council, Waverley Council and Woollahra Municipal Council

17

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

Councils and other planning authorities

18

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 a place and its people.

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

19

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 charging stations.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

20

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

21

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

22

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

Productivity

Actions
Responsibility
33

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

34

Investigate, plan and protect future transport and infrastructure corridors.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

35

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

36

Plan for urban development, new centres, better places and employment uses that are integrated with, and optimise opportunities of, the public value and use of Sydney Metro City & South West, CBD and South East Light Rail, and Westconnex as well as other city shaping projects.

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

37

Investigate and plan for the land use implications of potential long-term regional transport connections.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

23

Prioritise:

a. public transport projects to the Harbour CBD to improve business-to-business connections and support the 30-minute city
b. infrastructure investments, particularly those focused on access to the transport network, which enhances 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 5 kilometres of strategic centres or 10 kilometres of the Harbour CBD.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

24

Strengthen the international competitiveness of the Harbour CBD and grow its vibrancy by:

a. further growing an internationally competitive commercial sector to support an innovation economy
b. providing residential development without compromising commercial development
c. providing a wide range of cultural, entertainment, arts and leisure activities
d. providing a diverse and vibrant night-time economy, in a way that responds to potential negative impacts.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

25

Review as required, planning controls to facilitate economic activity to deliver on the job targets.

Councils and other planning authorities

26

Facilitate an innovation corridor that:

a. provides access to a sufficient supply of affordable and scalable spaces
b. promotes co-location and increased business-to-business interaction
c. connects with events spaces
d. delivers a high amenity, highly walkable and safe corridore. has access to affordable, diverse and multi-purpose housing options
f.  supports a strong night time economy.
 

Councils other planning authorities and State agencies 

27

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

28

Deliver a Place Strategy for the Camperdown-Ultimo health and education precinct.

Greater Sydney Commission, State agencies, The Council of the City of Sydney, Inner West Council, The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia, TAFE, Sydney Local Health District
 

29

Deliver a Place Strategy for the Randwick health andeducation precinct.

Greater Sydney Commission, State agencies, Randwick City Council, The University of New South Wales, NSW Health

30

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 port and freight functions 
b. retaining industrial lands for port, intermodal and logistics uses as well as the landside transport network 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. requiring sensitive developments within influence of port and airport operations to implement measures that reduce amenity impacts
d. improving communication of current and future noise conditions around Port Botany, airports, surrounding road and rail networks, intermodal terminals and supporting private lands
e. improving the capacity of existing stakeholders to implement existing planning noise standards for incoming sensitive developments
f. protecting prescribed airspace from inappropriate development, for example, height of building controls that would allow buildings to penetrate prescribed airspace and reducing the capacity of existing airport operations
g. identifying and preserving land for future port and airport, intermodal and rail infrastructure
h. ensuring adequate land is available for transit uses, for example, bus layovers.
Transport operations
i. providing the required commercial and passenger vehicle, and freight and passenger rail access
j. preventing uses that generate additional private vehicle traffic on roads that service Port Botany and Sydney Airport such as large-scale car-based retail and high density residential, to reduce conflicts with large dangerous goods vehicles (for example, Foreshore Road and Denison Street, Banksmeadow)
k. recognising and giving effect to the National Airports Safeguarding Framework, incorporating noise, turbulence and wildlife safety measures.

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

31

Protect and grow the trade gateways by:

Port Botany
a. retaining industrial zoned land in and near Port Botany precinct
b. protecting Port Botany’s function as an international gateway for freight and logistics and supporting port-related land uses and infrastructure in the area around the port
c. supporting the land use needs of freight movement to increase the proportion of container freight transported by rail
d. investigating a corridor for an enhanced road link from Port Botany to WestConnex
e. investigating duplication of Port Botany freight line
f. improving management of land use conflictsg.managing the biosecurity risk for primary industries
h. creating safe cycling and walking connections.
Sydney Airport
i. identifying and retaining strategically important employment and urban services land in and near Sydney Airport precinct
j. protecting Sydney Airport’s function as an international gateway for passengers and freight, and support airport-related land uses and infrastructure in the area around the Airport
k. facilitating road planning to connect Sydney Airport to WestConnex
l. managing the biosecurity risk for primary industries.
m. Providing safe cycling and walking connections, particularly to Mascot Station
Glebe Island
n. develop a strategy for the management of port and related land side activities as part of the masterplan for the Bays Precinct

Bayside Council, Council of the City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Randwick City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

32

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

38

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 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 (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.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies
 

39

Prioritise public transport investment to deliver the 30-minute city objective for strategic centres along the economic corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

40

Prioritise transport investments that enhance access to the economic corridor and between centres within the corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

41

Co-locate health, education, social and community facilities in strategic centres along the economic corridor.

Councils and other planning authorities

42

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

Councils and other planning authorities

43

Review the current planning controls and create capacity to achieve the job targets for each of the District’s strategic centres.

Councils and other planning authorities

44

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

Councils and other planning authorities
 

45

Encourage opportunities for new smart work hubs.

Councils and other planning authorities

46

Strengthen Bondi Junction through approaches that:

a.protect capacity for job targets and a diverse mix of uses to strengthen and reinforce the economic role of the centre
b.consider potential options for future public transport connections to the south east of the District to accommodate forecast population and employment growth, and better connect the District
c.expand the centre’s function and type of land uses, and knowledge-intensive jobs
d.improve access from the centre of Bondi Junction to nearby open space and recreation facilities such as Queens Park, Centennial Park, Moore Park and Bondi Beach
e.recognise the centre’s health attributes to support the Randwick health and education precinct and mechanisms for increasing floor space for health uses, including a health-focused business incubator
f.investigate opportunities to improve and diversify night-time economy offerings
g.promote place making initiatives to improve the quality of public spaces.

Waverley Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

47

Strengthen Burwood through approaches that:

a. protect capacity for job targets and a diverse mix of uses to strengthen and reinforce the economic role of the centre
b. consider development initiatives that encourage the development of large floorplate mixed use buildings
c. improve connections across the centre, including permeability of the rail line
d. expand the function and type of land uses in the centre
e. investigate opportunities to improve and diversify night time economy offerings
f. promote place-making initiatives to improve the quality of public spaces.

Burwood Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

48

Strengthen Eastgardens-Maroubra Junction through approaches that:

a. protect capacity for job targets and a diverse mix of users to strengthen and reinforce the economic role of the centre
b. extend and investigate additional economic activities to connect Eastgardens and Maroubra Junction and complement the existing activities
c. leverage future public transport connections in the south east and west of the District
d. encourage provision of affordable housing to support the nearby health and education facilities and employment lands e. promote place making initiatives to improve the quality and supply of public spaces, promote walking and cycling connections and integrate with the Green Grid
f. improve public transport connections, and walking and cycling between Eastgardens-Maroubra Junction and Randwick

Bayside Council, Randwick City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

49

Strengthen Green-Square Mascot through approaches that:

a. protect capacity for job targets and a diverse mix of uses to strengthen and reinforce the economic role of the centre
b. retain and manage surrounding employment, industrial and urban services lands and their role in supporting the Harbour CBD, trade gateways and other strategic centres
c. continue to address road and public transport network congestion and avoid development that generates high road traffic volumes such as large-scale retail
d. continue reviews to remove barriers to cultural and creative uses
e. provide for safe walking and cycling throughout the centre and from Mascot Station to Sydney Airport
f. plan for the provision of social infrastructure within Mascot
g. Council of the City of Sydney and Bayside Council work together to strengthen and diversify the centre.

Bayside Council, Council of the City of Sydney, other planning authorities and State agencies

50

50. Strengthen Rhodes through approaches that:

a. protect capacity for job targets and a diverse mix of uses to strengthen and reinforce the economic role of the centre
b. protect employment generating capacity at Rhodes Business Park
c. improve links to the GPOP area
d. enhance links with the Concord Health Precinct
e. promote place-making initiatives to improve the quality of public spaces
f. develop opportunities to provide sustainable utility infrastructure
g. create a connected walking and cycling network within the precinct, to regional links and where possible along river foreshores
h. plan for growth that is supported by public transport.

City of Canada Bay, other planning authorities and State agencies

51

Retain and manage industrial and urban services land, in line with the Principles for managing industrial and urban services land in the Eastern City District by safeguarding 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 land.

Bayside Council, Burwood Council, Cit of Canada Bay, Council of the City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Randwick City Council, Strathfield Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council, and other planning authorities
 

52

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

Councils and other planning authorities

53

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

Councils and other planning authorities

54

Consider the following issues when preparing plans for tourism and visitation:

a.encouraging the development of a range of well-designed and located facilities
b.enhancing the amenity, vibrancy and safety of centres, places and 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
h.incorporating transport planning to serve the transport access needs of tourists
 

Councils and other planning authorities

55

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

56

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

57

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

Sustainability

Actions
Responsibility
58

Protect environmentally sensitive areas of waterways and thecoastal environment area.

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

59

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

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

60

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

61

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

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

62

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 edge-effect impacts.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

63

Identify and protect scenic and cultural landscapes.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

64

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

65

Expand urban tree canopy in the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

66

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

67

Maximise the use of existing open space and protect, enhance and expandpublic 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 quantity 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

68

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

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

69

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

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

70

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

71

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

72

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

73

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 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.

Environment Protection Authority

74

Support initiatives that respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

75

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

76

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

Implementation

Actions
Responsibility
77

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

78

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