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Western City District Plan

Liveability

A city for people

Planning Priority W3
Providing services and social infrastructure to meet people’s changing needs

Planning Priority W4
Fostering healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities

Liveability is about people’s quality of life. Maintaining and improving liveability means housing, infrastructure and services that meet people’s needs, and the provision of a range of housing types in the right locations with measures to improve affordability. This enables people to stay in their neighbourhoods and communities as they transition through life.

The Western City District offers suburban and rural lifestyles with city benefits, such as varied shopping and dining experiences and opportunities for authentic cultural expression. Diverse and distinctive urban centres like Liverpool, Greater Penrith and Campbelltown-Macarthur contrast with the historic and picturesque towns of Richmond, Windsor, Camden and Picton, multicultural hubs like Cabramatta and Fairfield and new communities in growth areas.

The District’s bushland, rivers and panoramic views across Greater Sydney are international tourist attractions. The District is also rich in Aboriginal places and areas of cultural and natural heritage significance. Due the influence of topography, rural, natural and greenfield areas, the District is unique in the opportunities it has to create new liveable communities.

As the District transitions through the emergence of the Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis into a major city area, the District’s population of 1.07 million will grow and it will also age. By 2036 the number of residents aged over 85 is expected to grow by 206 per cent. Although couples with children are expected to remain the dominant household type in the District, the number of single-person households is expected to grow by 72 per cent. Growth in these households is expected in the local government areas of Camden (238 per cent), Liverpool (91 per cent) and Wollondilly (87 per cent). As a result, there will be comparatively fewer working age people (20–64 years) living in the District by 2036 (refer to Planning Priority W3).

Together with overall population growth of around 464,000 (2016–2036), these demographic changes mean that an additional 184,500 homes will be required in the District by 2036.

Improving liveability is about creating and renewing great places, neighbourhoods and centres. This requires place-based planning and design excellence that builds on local strengths and focuses on public places and open spaces.

Great places are walkable – this means they are designed, built and managed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle for leisure, transport or exercise. This requires fine grain urban form and land use mix at the heart of neighbourhoods. Places that demonstrate these characteristics promote healthy, active lifestyles and social interaction and can better support the arts, creativity, cultural expression and innovation.

The 30-minute city aspiration will guide decision-making on locations for new jobs and housing and the prioritisation of transport, health, schools and social infrastructure investments. This will facilitate the co-location of infrastructure in metropolitan and strategic centres and more direct and convenient public transport to these places, so that people can access services and jobs.

A place-based and collaborative approach is required to maintain and enhance the liveability of the Western City District. This can be achieved by the following Planning Priorities:

W3. Providing services and social infrastructure to meet people’s changing needs

W4. Fostering healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities

W5. Providing housing supply, choice and affordability, with access to jobs, services and public transport

W6. Creating and renewing great places and local centres, and respecting the District’s heritage.

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