draft metro strat

The NSW Government has released two major plans that will shape the future of Sydney including the Northern Beaches and Mosman:

  • draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney
  • White Paper – A new planning system for NSW

Find out more below and have your say by following the links.

Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

The NSW Government’s draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney sets out a new plan for the city’s future over the next two decades. The draft strategy sets the overarching plan for Sydney including targets for how regions will accommodate population growth with housing and employment.

By 2031 it is expected Sydney will have around 1.3 million more people, 545,000 more homes and 625,000 more jobs.

The draft Strategy proposes six sub-regions for Sydney and allocates targets for each sub-region, which councils are required to accommodate. Manly, Pittwater and Warringah are included in the proposed North sub-region and Mosman is included in the proposed Central sub-region.

Watch the short video to find out more.

For more info on the Strategy, the Sub-regions and targets and to have your say about the future of metropolitan Sydney go to planning.nsw.gov.au/Sydney

Submissions close 31 May 2013.

A new planning system for NSW

The NSW Government is overhauling the planning system and has released the White Paper – A new planning system for NSW for public feedback.

The White Paper outlines the government is seeking to build a planning system focused on sustainable growth to deliver the jobs and houses needed to support our growing cities and regions. The new planning system aims to improve decision making, provide more certainty and make it more cost effective to do business.

As one of the biggest overhauls of the State’s planning system in over 30 years, the changes aim to help communities across NSW shape the future of their streets, suburbs and regions and benefit from faster development application decisions.

“Under the new system, communities and local councils will come together to plan for their streets, suburbs and regions whether it’s housing, jobs or infrastructure,” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said.

“Within five years, we are aiming for 80 per cent of applications to go through a faster code assessment process, which has the potential to save the community and business around $174 million a year through reduced delays,” Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard said.

White Paper: Minister’s overview

According to the Minister, key elements of the new system include:

  • A Community Participation Charter which guarantees community participation in the planning process. Councils and communities will need to develop Community Participation Plans which are consistent with this Charter.
  • A ‘one-stop shop’ NSW Government electronic portal enabling people to comment on 3D interactive models of planning proposals and find all relevant planning controls in one place.
  • Comprehensive Growth Infrastructure Plans will be prepared alongside major planning changes – NSW is the first state or territory in Australia to take this approach. (The Metropolitan Strategy is the Growth Plan for Sydney).
  • Introduction of a more rigorous approach to building standards.
  • The State’s development contribution system will require councils to spend the money on local infrastructure within three years to ensure infrastructure is delivered when it is needed.
  • Additional funds will be made available for schools, regional roads, open space and stormwater/drainage – including in existing suburbs – through the new regional infrastructure contribution system. Costs will be more evenly shared by new developments in existing suburbs and in new land release areas.

A major change will see new Sub-regional delivery plans developed for each of Sydney’s sub-regions. Developed by Sub-regional Boards, these delivery plans will identify how targets for housing and employment will be shared across local government areas, including sites for rezoning and identify regional infrastructure priorities such as roads, transport, open space and education.

For more information or to make a submission go to planning.nsw.gov.au/newplanningsystem. Submissions close 28 June 2013.