- Supply: land zoned for residential development, served by adequate infrastructure and ready for development projects.
- Affordable rental housing: through housing diversity for those on moderate incomes and affordable rental housing for low and very lowincome households (refer to Objective 11).
- Local character: recognising the distinctive and valued combination of characteristics that contribute to local identity.
- Social housing: more and better access to supported and/or subsidised housing.
- Delivery: the staging of enabling infrastructure, upgrades or expansions of local infrastructure such as schools, open space including sportsgrounds and community facilities.
- Monitoring: homes completed and ready for occupation.
A place-based planning approach to the development of housing strategies will help facilitate high quality urban outcomes including the creation of walkable neighbourhoods which support active and healthy lifestyles, as well as the creation and renewal of great places (refer to Objective 12).
Creating a long-term housing pipeline by district
The Greater Sydney Commission’s research has identified a need to create a long-term housing pipeline across Greater Sydney for the next 10 years and beyond.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Planned Precincts and Growth Areas programs play a role in supporting housing supply. However, given the scale of Greater Sydney’s housing challenge and the associated timeframe to rezone land and to bring houses to market, additional capacity is required to meet 20-year strategic housing targets. As such it is necessary to take a longer-term view and where needed start planning for the 10–20 year horizon (2026–2036).
Planned Precincts will be consistent with the Objectives and Strategies of the Plan and relevant District Plans to enhance liveability, productivity and sustainability. These precincts will be designed and delivered in collaboration with councils and informed by key State agencies and their asset plans. This planning will be supported by a Special Infrastructure Contribution or similar arrangement to help fund the delivery of essential community infrastructure such as health, schools, open space and roads.
The identification of opportunities for new housing is only part of the solution. Linking new housing to infrastructure is equally, if not more, important to realising supply. This has been shown in cityshaping transport projects such as Sydney Metro which will deliver 31 new and refurbished stations and unlock significant opportunities for urban renewal and connectivity.
The Greater Sydney Commission’s Infrastructure Delivery Committee will improve coordination across key State agencies to align high-growth areas with infrastructure delivery. The Committee is a whole-of-government approach with membership of Sate agencies including Treasury, Transport, Planning, Health and Education. The Infrastructure Delivery Committee oversees the pilot process for the coordination of growth and infrastructure delivery – growth infrastructure compacts (refer to Chapter 3).
To create a long-term housing supply across Greater Sydney, the Greater Sydney Commission and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment will work with councils to understand local needs and local opportunities for the right housing in the right locations.
Where Growth Areas are developing or revising land use and infrastructure strategies, provisions under a State environmental planning policy or section 9.1 Direction of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 may also apply.
Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek Growth Area
A growth area connecting the Penrith CBD and St Marys through to the M7 Motorway/Eastern Creek with new mass transit lines has been identified. This provides the opportunity to integrate land use and transport planning at a suitable scale. Growth in appropriate locations can contribute to a connected, vibrant Western Parkland City with more homes, jobs, services and open space.
A first stage of a North South Rail Link, from St Marys to Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek, a potential connection from St Marys to Rouse Hill, intersecting with existing heavy rail corridors, creates opportunities for renewal and revitalisation.
The growth area includes activity nodes such as the Penrith CBD, the Penrith health and education precinct as well as the centres of St Marys, Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill. Work on this area will build on that undertaken for the Greater Penrith Collaboration Area and will include strategies to promote tourism. It will consider opportunities to capitalise on the benefits of the potential development and expansion of health, education or other social infrastructure in these centres.
New land release areas will be considered for suitable sites in the Penrith local government area, including around Orchard Hills. The work will also consider the potential to renew older residential areas on new transit hubs, including those with high proportions of social housing