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Greater Sydney Commission sets clear "Directions" for our city's future growth

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Media Release | Future planning for land use and infrastructure across Greater Sydney will be guided by ten "Directions", launched today by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said 'Directions for a Greater Sydney' sets out a foundation of ten key planning elements that will be reflected in the Commission's forthcoming Greater Sydney Regional Plan and the six District Plans as well as the Future Transport Strategy and the State Infrastructure Strategy.

"This document is more than just a vision. It will be key to Greater Sydney's future productivity, liveability and sustainability," Ms Turnbull said.

"When the Commission was developing the new Regional Plan and the Draft District Plans it became clear a unified set of directions was needed as a foundation for how we plan and deliver land use, infrastructure and services as Greater Sydney grows," she said.

"Directions for a Greater Sydney has been developed in collaboration with key NSW Government agencies to deliver balance in managing the needs of our growing city," Ms Turnbull said.

The Directions address Greater Sydney's:

  • Infrastructure
  • People
  • Housing
  • 'Great Places'
  • Jobs and Skills
  • Connections
  • Landscape
  • Efficiency
  • Resilience and
  • Collaboration

"'Directions' establishes our aspirations for Greater Sydney over the next 40 years and sets the stage for its emergence as a metropolis of three productive, liveable and sustainable cities," Ms Turnbull said.

The Greater Sydney Commission also unveiled a new approach to ensuring that those areas of the city identified for growth have coordinated and timely delivery of necessary supporting infrastructure and services.

"The feedback we have been receiving from the community and industry is that growth must be supported by infrastructure in the right places at the right time.

"Growth Infrastructure Compacts are our response to this and will be a game-changer in the delivery of a better, more collaborative way of managing our city's growth.

"They are a new approach to planning for growth based on a robust and collaborative process with government agencies," Ms Turnbull said.

"Starting with a vision for growth in an area, before any upzoning is done, scenarios are developed based on existing or required infrastructure, costs and funding are investigated and a preferred scenario is put to government.

"The outcome is a coordinated, cost-effective and 'place-based' plan for growth and infrastructure that is a better result for all," Ms Turnbull said.

Copies of Directions for a Greater Sydney and Growth Infrastructure Compacts can be viewed and downloaded at www.greater.sydney


About the Greater Sydney Commission:

Our role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of Greater Sydney. We're taking a collaborative "one government" approach to this, so we can lead and guide the planning for development, transport and housing so that Greater Sydney will be a productive, liveable and sustainable city for all.

Media contact: Craig Middleton,
Director, Media and Communications, 0459 88 77 34