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Western City District Plan

Working through collaboration

Planning Priority W2

Collaboration in the planning and delivery of infrastructure, housing, jobs and great places is essential to realise the full benefits of growth.

The complexities of a growing region mean different approaches are required depending on the context. This ranges from nationally significant investment and corridors of renewal and land release, to a focus on a specific strategic centre or precinct.

The role of the collaboration also varies: it may be for the development of an integrated strategy where alignment of agencies is critical, for coordination of investment across different tiers of government to achieve land use outcomes, or for the delivery of specific projects.

Table 1 outlines the approaches supporting land use and infrastructure planning and delivery.

The suite of Collaboration Areas, Growth Areas and Planned Precincts are highlighted throughout this District Plan.

The Greater Sydney Commission’s facilitation role in bringing together various parties with an interest in the District’s future and channelling their collective energy into improved planning outcomes, is demonstrated by Collaboration Areas and support for collaborative processes. This collaborative approach is underpinned by Directions for a Greater Sydney 2017 and is central to the way the Commission works.

Planning for the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis will be coordinated through the Western Sydney City Deal which will involve collaboration between the Commission, the Australian and NSW governments and the local governments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly (refer to Planning Priority W8).

The responsibility for creating great places does not rest with any one organisation. As a non-statutory initiative, Collaboration Areas offer a new way of working to deliver improved planning outcomes that support growth and change. Collaboration Areas are a place-based process led by the Greater Sydney Commission to address complex issues that require cross-stakeholder solutions. This will be undertaken by identifying and aligning the activities and investments of government and stakeholders, based on evidence, to deliver significant regional and district liveability, productivity and sustainability outcomes.

Other collaboration roles by the Commission include providing expert advice on significant regional and district collaborations led by other State agencies such as NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Planned Precincts.

Table 1: Approaches to supporting land use and infrastructure planning and delivery

Collaboration Agency Focus
Western Sydney City Deal Australian; NSW and local government

City Deal commitments:

– connectivity

– jobs for the future

– skills and education

– liveability and environment

– planning and housing

– implementation and governance.

Collaboration Areas Greater Sydney Commission

Place-based process including:

– identification and resolution of impediments to deliver

– the region and district plans

– strategy drivers: productivity, liveability and sustainability

– coordinated investment and infrastructure alignment

– whole-of-government considerations

– issue-specific demonstration focus

Growth Areas Urban Renewal Corridors NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Transformative corridor delivery including:

– new land release areas

– city-shaping transport investment and urban renewal

– infrastructure schedules and funding options.

Planned Precincts NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Transformative precinct delivery:

– targeted development focused on housing diversity around a centre and transit node/rail station

– infrastructure schedules and funding options.

Urban Transformation UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and Landcom

Project delivery:

– unlocking development opportunities

Each Collaboration Area starts with a Collaboration Area Agreement. The Agreement is a governance tool that sets out the shared vision and purpose, outputs and membership of each Collaboration Area. The collaborative process is characterised by:

  • transparency: share information openly
  • consistency: speak with one voice about the Collaboration Area
  • respect: recognise that everyone has a view to contribute
  • early involvement: involve stakeholders throughout the process
  • exploration: explore and understand all perspectives before finalising recommendations.

A tailored approach for each Collaboration Area is established through the following steps. Members of each Collaboration Area will:

  • establish a shared vision for the area
  • identify impediments and opportunities
  • agree to priorities for the Collaboration Area
  • identify projects and initiatives to deliver the vision.

These elements will be documented in a Place Strategy which will identify the roles of agencies and local councils, governance arrangements and strategies and actions required to deliver the desired outcomes for the area. It is also likely that these outcomes will be reflected in updates to the District Plan to provide enhanced clarity on the priorities for the area and provide certainty to the community and the private sector, and inform the NSW Government’s investment and policies to creating great places (refer to Planning Priority W6).

In the Western City District, the following areas have been identified as places where the Greater Sydney Commission will chair the collaboration process to initiatives being led by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (refer to Planning Priority W9):

  • Liverpool (2017–2018) – includes Liverpool’s Central Business District (CBD), the health and education precinct and nearby residential and industrial land areas. It considers the Warwick Farm Precinct; the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal, which is under-construction; and the draft Georges River Masterplan.
  • Greater Penrith (2017–2018) – includes Penrith’s CBD, the health and education precinct, and the tourism precinct from Penrith Lakes along the current length of the Great River Walk to the M4 Motorway.
  • Campbelltown-Macarthur (2018–2019) – includes the health and education precinct containing Campbelltown public and private hospitals, Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus, and TAFE NSW Western Sydney. It also includes Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall and surrounding government services.

Planned Precincts will be consistent with the objectives and strategies of A Metropolis of Three Cities and this District Plan. They will be delivered in collaboration with councils and informed by the asset plans of relevant agencies. Planned Precincts will be supported by a Special Infrastructure Contribution or similar satisfactory arrangement to help fund the delivery of essential community infrastructure such as health facilities, schools, open space and roads.

The Greater Sydney Commission is also collaborating with local councils to improve regional open space and deliver Greater Sydney’s Green Grid through the administration and management of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program (refer to Planning Priority W15).

Actions
Responsibility
7

Identify, prioritise and deliver Collaboration Areas.

Greater Sydney Commission

8

Coordinate land use and infrastructure for the Western City District.

Greater Sydney Commission

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