The Greater Sydney Commission has launched the plans for the proposed six districts of the Sydney area. The intention of the district plan is to amalgamate suburbs into their own distinct area so that a strategic plan can be put in place which identifies planning priorities specific to the district in regards to economic, social and environmental matters. The district plans will directly inform local council planning and influence the decisions of state agencies managing the State Governments Greater Sydney Region Plan for future growth.
The six district draft plans were prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission in consultation with the community, state agencies and local councils. The goal being to have coordinated and effective planning in place for land use, transport and infrastructure. These 20 year draft district plans are now on public exhibition which the community can view through the Greater Sydney Commission website and provide feedback through a formal submission.
The proposed Sydney district areas are:
Central: The Sydney CBD will continue to be a core for businesses, jobs and financial activity. This district includes the suburbs; Bayside, Burwood, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Strathfield, Woollahra, Waverley and City of Sydney.
North: This area will include a lot of coastline suburbs, bushland neighbourhoods and harbour communities such as; Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Northern Beaches, Mosman, Willoughby, Ryde and North Sydney. Priorities include growing jobs in centres and improving public transport.
West Central: A district full of vibrant multicultural communities and has fast growing retail and employment centres. This includes; Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills. A key priority will be to ensure that Greater Parramatta will fulfil its role as Greater Sydney’s Central City.
West: This is made up from the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith communities. Priorities include protection of the distinct natural landscape, better transport connections and creating a hub for international tourism.
South West: Is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia due to its Aboriginal, Colonial and Migrant history. The district includes Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Wollondilly. A key focus is to plan for a 21st Century aerotropolis surrounding the proposed Western Sydney airport.
South: This area includes; Georges River, Canterbury-Bankstown and Sutherland. Priorities include the growth of Kogarah health and education super precinct; and urban renewal in growth corridors.
With the district plans now underway and soon to be finalised all new planning proposals and development applications will need to consider the draft document. Members of local Council and the Department of Planning and Environment have been delegated authority to act for the Greater Sydney Commission in certain circumstances for plan making.
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