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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 accommodates 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 targets for the District
d. the housing strategy requirements outlined in Objective 10 of A Metropolis of Three Cities that include:

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

Canterbury-Bankstown Council

Georges River Council

Sutherland Shire 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 space 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 car 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 of 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
50

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 enhance walkability within two 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 strategic centres or 10 kilometres of the Harbour CBD.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

51

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

52

Investigate, plan and protect future transport and infrastructure corridors.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

53

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

54

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

55

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 the 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 reduce the capacity of existing airport operations
g. preventing inappropriate development within the high-noise corridor on the Kurnell Peninsula
h. identifying and preserving land for future port and airport, intermodal and rail infrastructure
i. ensuring adequate land is available for transit uses for example bus layovers.

Transport operations

j. providing the required commercial and passenger vehicle, and freight and passenger rail access.

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

56

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
e. recognising and giving effect to the National Airports Safeguarding Framework incorporating noise, turbulence and wildlife safety measures.

State-owned corporations

57

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

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

58

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 and other city-shaping projects.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

59

Protect transport corridors as appropriate, including the F6 extension.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

23

Facilitate an innovation precinct that:

a. attracts associated businesses, industries and commercialisation of research
b. delivers high levels of accessibility, walkability and amenity
c. includes housing opportunities for students and workers within 30 minutes of the precinct.

ANSTO, councils, other planning authorities and State agencies 

24

Deliver and implement an Infrastructure Plan for the ANSTO innovation precinct.

ANSTO, Greater Sydney Commission, Sutherland Shire Council and State agencies 

25

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. provide 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

26

Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Kogarah health and education precinct.

State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, Bayside Council and Georges River Council

27

Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Bankstown Airport and Milperra Industrial Area Collaboration Area

Greater Sydney Commission, Canterbury-Bankstown Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

28

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 the centres
h. improving public transport services to all strategic centres
i. conserving and interpreting heritage significance
j. designing parking that can be adapted for 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.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

29

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

Councils and other planning authorities

30

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

Councils and other planning authorities

31

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

Councils and other planning authorities

32

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

33

Strengthen Bankstown through approaches that:

a. support links between Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, allied health services and links to tertiary education and research facilities to grow the emerging health and education precinct
b. encourage new lifestyle and entertainment uses to activate streets and grow the night-time economy
c. facilitate the attraction of office and commercial floor space and provide opportunities to allow commercial and retail activities to innovate
d. encourage activation of secondary streets
e. enhance the quality of Paul Keating Park
f. improve and integrate the transport interchange and city centre.

Canterbury-Bankstown Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

34

Strengthen Campsie through approaches that:

a. strengthen Beamish Street’s role as an eat street to grow the night-time economy
b. encourage activation of secondary streets
c. strengthen links to Canterbury Hospital and surrounding allied health services
d. manage traffic and parking to reduce impacts on pedestrian amenity, especially on Beamish Street
e. improve the appearance of the existing rail (freight) corridor.

Canterbury-Bankstown Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

35

Strengthen Hurstville through approaches that:

a. encourage and support shopping centre improvements to better integrate with the surrounding public spaces
b. create a strong sense of place by celebrating Hurstville’s cultural diversity
c. support the expansion of the hospitals in the centre and the growth of allied health services
d. encourage new lifestyle and entertainment uses to activate streets and grow the night-time economy
e. build on the centre’s administrative and civic role
f. retain and manage existing commercial lands for future employment opportunities
g. facilitate the attraction of office and commercial floor space and provide opportunities to allow commercial and retail activities to innovate
h. recognise and support the role of Forest Road as a movement corridor and as an eat street
i. encourage activation of secondary streets.

Georges River Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

36

Strengthen Kogarah through approaches that:

a. support growth of the health and education precinct
b. encourage new lifestyle and entertainment uses to activate streets and grow the night-time economy
c. facilitate the attraction of office and commercial floor space and provide opportunities to allow commercial and retail activities to innovate
d. retain and manage surrounding employment, industrial and urban services
e. encourage activation of secondary streets.

Georges River Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

37

Strengthen Miranda through approaches that:

a. enhance public spaces to make a more attractive shopping destination
b. build on the success of existing retail to grow the centre
c. facilitate the attraction of office and commercial floor space and provide opportunities to allow commercial and retail activities to innovate
d. encourage activation of secondary streets.

Sutherland Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

38

Strengthen Sutherland through approaches that:

a. build on the centre’s administrative and civic role
b. facilitate the attraction of office and commercial floor space and provide opportunities to allow commercial and retail activities to innovate
c. encourage new lifestyle and entertainment uses to activate streets and grow the night-time economy
d. encourage activation of secondary streets.

Sutherland Shire Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

39

Retain and manage industrial and urban services land, in line with the Principles for managing industrial and urban services land, in the South 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 lands.

Canterbury-Bankstown Council, Georges River Council, Sutherland Shire Council and other planning authorities

40

Consider office development in industrial zones where it does not compromise industrial or urban services activities.

Councils

41

Prohibit new residential development on the Kurnell Peninsula where there is potential to interfere with the operation of Sydney Airport or where the ANEF contours and prescribed airspace requirements exclude residential development.

Councils and other planning authorities

42

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

Councils and other planning authorities

43

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

Councils and other planning authorities

44

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

45

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

46

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

47

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

48

Create capacity for tourist accommodation in appropriate locations through local environmental plans.

Councils and other planning authorities

49

Protect mineral resources (in particular construction material) by preventing inappropriately dispersed urban activities in rural areas.

Councils and other planning authorities

Sustainability

Actions
Responsibility
60

Protect environmentally sensitive areas of waterways and the coastal environment area.

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

61

Enhance sustainability and liveability by improving and managing 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

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

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

65

Identify and protect scenic and cultural landscapes.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

66

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

67

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

68

Limit urban development to within the Urban Area.

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

69

Expand urban tree canopy in the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

70

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

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 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 on 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

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 and Urban Transformation projects.

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

73

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

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

74

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

75

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

76

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 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

77

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 Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, urban renewal precincts and housing growth areas that are planned to have an increase in floor area greater than 100,000 square metres.

Environment Protection Authority

78

Support initiatives that respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

79

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

80

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

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

Implementation

Actions
Responsibility
81

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

82

Development 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