Greater Sydney Commission
On the 21st November, the Greater Sydney Commission released draft District Plans for the greater metropolitan area of Sydney.
The two plans which affect the electorate of Epping comprise the draft North District Plan and the draft West Central District Plan.
Each plan articulates a vision for the planning for the development of each of the areas of Sydney for which they cover.
The vast majority of the Epping Town Centre is governed by the draft West District plan whereas the balance of the electorate, namely Cheltenham, Beecroft, Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook, are governed by the draft North District plan.
Each of the plans is broken up into a number of specific categories which encompass the vision contained within the plan. They incorporate the following:
1.The extent to which job creation is a priority for the development of planning proposals for various districts in Sydney. The Greater Sydney Commission has a vision that districts ought to be delivered in conjunction with the delivery of work opportunities. A chief priority for the Greater Sydney Commission is to make Sydney a “30 minute city” which means that people should be encouraged to live and travel a maximum of 30 minutes to get to their workplace.
2.The second priority is to ensure that various districts remain liveable on the basis of identifying the community expectations and the characteristics which currently govern each of the various districts. Of the Northern District, the Commissioner said “the Northern District is one of the loveliest areas of Sydney and Australia. It offers outstanding beaches and bushland from coastline suburbs between Manly to Palm Beach, to leafy areas such as Lane Cove, Wahroonga and Beecroft. People access important day-to-day services and jobs at thriving centres such as Macquarie Park, Chatswood and North Sydney. Precious heritages areas such as Crows Nest, Castlecrag and Hunters Hill give us an insight into the district’s’ past. Many people want to enjoy this lifestyle and they know they can do this in the northern district while also living within reach of a diversity of world-leading workplaces.
3.The final component of the priorities for each of the areas is referred to as ‘sustainability’. Sustainability of course encompasses notions such as green space, and community living which add to the continued sustainability of suburbs.
4.Time should be taken to read each of the district plans as they provide an insight into the manner in which housing ought to be delivered for Sydney going into the future. The government is very concerned to plan for a population increase in Sydney which will see a population move from 4.5 million people to 6.7 million people by 2032.
With that in mind, planning needs to be done for diverse housing forms to accommodate the new population. The challenge is to provide for increased housing and work opportunities while at the same time, retaining the liveability of various Sydney areas. Each piece of work relating to the draft district plans is a very thoughtful process and once finalised, shall provide for the planning future of Sydney.