March Newsletter

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20 Mar 2020
An update from the Chief Executive

I am writing to update you on key activities at the Commission that might have a bearing on your operations or engagement with us over the coming weeks. We remain focused on ensuring the ongoing liveability, productivity and sustainability of Greater Sydney, while putting the well-being of our team, our colleagues and our stakeholders first and foremost during these challenging times.

Please take care in these challenging times and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.

Dr Sarah Hill
Greater Sydney Commission

Flexible engagement arrangements

We are changing our engagement and meeting practices to reduce the risks posed by COVID-19.

The dozens of stakeholder and community workshops and meetings held or attended each week by the Commission team are being replaced by teleconferences and virtual-meeting technologies. If you’re scheduled for a face-to-face meeting with us, someone will be in touch shortly to make alternative arrangements.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Meredith Jones, A/Executive Director Communications and Engagement:

Local Strategic Planning Statements

The Commission’s assurance program for council LSPSs, a key component of the implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan (GSRP) and District Plans, has reached its final stage. 

Following months of work by our Assurance Panels, councils and State agencies, 18 ‘Letters of Support’, confirming consistency of a council’s draft LSPS with the Plans, have been issued to councils to date.

We are working with the remaining 15 councils to finalise assurance. Once a council has received their letter, their LSPS can be ‘made’ on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) Planning Portal. We are regularly updating councils’ LSPS progress on our Assurance Tracker

The making of LSPSs by councils in Greater Sydney marks a milestone in the delivery of planning reforms that place greater emphasis on strategic planning. The first LSPSs across Greater Sydney are foundational in strengthening how growth and change will be managed into the future. It is important to note that, as the LSPS is a council document, it may contain council commentary on emerging policies and strategies, as well as council-led initiatives. The Commission’s role is to test consistency with the overarching GSRP and the District Plans and this is explained further in our Information Note on the role of an LSPS and a Frequently Asked Questions guide.

To maintain momentum on the implementation of the Plans, the Commission and DPIE have discussed using the Commission’s insights, learnings and data from the Assurance Program to enable a smooth handover to DPIE in their review of Local Housing Strategies and the update of Local Environmental Plans.

For further information, contact Therese Hoy, Director City Planning Strategy:

Place-based Infrastructure Compacts

Following the November 2019 release of A City Supported by Infrastructure – The Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot and subsequent stakeholder consultation, the Commission is now preparing its independent recommendations to the NSW Government. 

The recommendations will respond to the feedback we received - from local councils, peak bodies, landowners and residents.  They will cover both the outcomes of the PIC Pilot for Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) and the new PIC model itself.  

Thank you to everyone one who shared their views over the consultation period.  Where stakeholders have given approval, their submissions are published on our website: Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot feedback - as at 12 March 2020.   We will upload more as we get permission to do so. 

The two PICs in Western Sydney under the City Deal are now well underway, with all three levels of Government collaborating on this work.  These PICs will cover more than 30,000 hectares in the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area (or Aerotropolis) and the Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek Corridor (or GPEC). 

From the consultation undertaken in the PIC Pilot for GPOP, we’ve heard that we need to ensure greater stakeholder input into the development of PICs.  Over the coming months we will be engaging more broadly on the development of the Western Sydney PICs through the Commission’s peak panels and focus groups. 

Our engagement on the Western Sydney PICs is being designed to complement the technical work and will provide valuable input into the outcomes from PIC.  We’re also working to ensure that the engagement is coordinated with the work of the Western Sydney Planning Partnership and the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority, including with landowners.

For further information, contact Natalie Camilleri, Executive Director City Planning Infrastructure:

Greater Sydney Women's Safety Charter

Finally, I should remind you of the Greater Sydney Women’s Safety Charter we launched for International Women’s Day 2020, in partnership with Transport for NSW and Committee for Sydney. It’s a significant step to ensuring that women and girls can actively participate in the economic, cultural and social life of Greater Sydney.

In less than a month, more than 30 public and private sector organisations have signed up as Charter participants and to bring the issue of safety for women into the way they operate. To see the full list of participants click here.

For more information on the Charter or how to sign your organisation up as a participant and share information in our Community of Practice, click here or contact  Meredith Jones, A/Executive Director Communications and Engagement via

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