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Infrastructure and collaboration

Actions
Responsibility
1

Prioritise infrastructure investments to support the vision of A Metropolis of Three Cities.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

2

Sequence growth across the three cities to promote north-south and east-west connections.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

3

Align forecast growth with infrastructure.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

4

Sequence infrastructure provision using a place-based approach.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

5

Consider the adaptability of infrastructure and its potential shared use when preparing infrastructure strategies and plans.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

6

Maximise the utility of existing infrastructure assets and consider strategies to influence behaviour changes, to reduce the demand for new infrastructure, including supporting the development of adaptive and flexible regulations to allow decentralised utilities.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

7

Identify, prioritise and deliver Collaboration Areas.

Greater Sydney Commission

8

Undertake a collaboration role by providing expert advice on the significant district collaborations of St Leonards, Frenchs Forest and Macquarie Park.

Greater Sydney Commission

Liveability

Actions
Responsibility
9

Deliver social infrastructure that reflects the needs of the community now and in the future.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

10

Optimise the use of available public land for social infrastructure.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

11

Deliver healthy, safe and inclusive places for people of all ages and abilities that support active, resilient and socially connected communities by:

a. providing walkable places at a human scale with active street life
b. prioritising opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport
c. co-locating schools, health, aged care, sporting and cultural facilities
d. promoting local access to healthy fresh food and supporting local fresh food production

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

12

Incorporate cultural and linguistic diversity in strategic planning and engagement.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

13

Consider the local infrastructure implications of areas that accommodates large migrant and refugee populations.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

14

Strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities by engagement and consultation with Local Aboriginal Lands Councils to better understand and support their economic aspirations as they relate to land use planning.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

15

Facilitate opportunities for creative and artistic expression and participation,wherever feasible, with a minimum regulatory burden, including:

a. arts enterprises and facilities, and creative industries
b. interim and temporary uses
c. appropriate development of the night-time economy.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

16

Strengthen social connections within and between communities through bette understanding of the nature of social networks and supporting infrastructure in local places.
 

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

17

Prepare local or district housing strategies that address the following:

a. the delivery of five-year housing supply targets for each local government area
b. the delivery of 6-10 year (when agreed) housing supply targets for each local government area
c. capacity to contribute to the longer term 20-year strategic housing target for the District
d. the housing strategy requirements outlined in Objective 10 of A Metropolis of Three Cities that include:

i. creating capacity for more housing in the right locations
ii. supporting planning and delivery of growth areas and planned precincts as relevant to each local government area
iii. supporting investigation of opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure
iv. supporting the role of centres.

City of Ryde Council
Hornsby Shire Council
Hunter's Hill Council
Ku-ring-gai Council
Lane Cove Council
Mosman Council
North Sydney Council
Northern Beaches Council
Willoughby City Council

18

Prepare Affordable Rental Housing Target Schemes following development of implementation arrangements.

Councils and other planning authorities

19

Using a place-based and collaborative approach throughout planning, design, development and management, deliver great places by:

a. prioritising a people-friendly public realm and open spaces as a central organising design principle
b. recognising and balancing the dual function of streets as places for people and movement
c. providing fine grain urban form, diverse land use mix, high amenity and walkability, in and within a 10-minute walk of centres
d. integrating social infrastructure to support social connections and provide a community hub
e. recognising and celebrating the character of a place and its people

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

20

In Collaboration Areas, Planned Precincts, Growth Areas and planning for centres:

a. investigate opportunities for precinct based provision of adaptable car parking and infrastructure in lieu of private provision of car parking
b. ensure parking availability takes into account the level of access by public transport
c. consider the capacity for places to change and evolve, and accommodate diverse activities over time
d. incorporate facilities to encourage the use of car sharing, electric and hybrid vehicles including changing stations.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

21

Identify, conserve and enhance environmental heritage by:

a. engaging with the community early in the planning process to understand heritage values and how they contribute to the significance of the place
b. applying adaptive re-use and interpreting of heritage to foster distinctive local places
c. managing and monitoring the cumulative impact of development on the heritage values and character of places.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

22

Use place-based planning to support the role of centres as a focus for connected neighbourhoods.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

23

Use flexible and innovative approaches to revitalise high streets in decline.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

Productivity

Actions
Responsibility
24

Grow economic development in the North Sydney CBD to:

a. maximise the land use opportunities provided by the new station
b. grow jobs in the centre and maintain a commercial core
c. strengthen North Sydney's reputation as an education centre, to grow jobs and add diversity
d. expand after hours' activities
e. encourage growth in business tourism as a conference location that takes advantage of North Sydney's identity as a business hub, its location, access and views
f. provide a variety of high quality civic and public spaces befitting a globally-oriented CBD, which can be utilised for a range of cultural and entertainment activities
g. improve amenity by reducing the impact of vehicle movements on pedestrians
h. create capacity to achieve job targets by reviewing the current planning controls.

North Sydney Council, other planning authorities, and State agencies

25

Prioritise:

a. public transport projects to the Harbour CBD to improve business-to-business connections and support the 30-minute city
b. infrastructure investments particularly those focused on access to the transport network, which enhance walkability within 2 kilometres of metropolitan or strategic centres or 10 minutes walking distance of a local centre
c. Infrastructure investments, particularly those focused on access to the transport network, which enhance cycling connectivity within 5 kilometres of strategic centres or 10 kilometres of the Harbour CBD.
 

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

26

Prioritise public transport investment to deliver the 30-minute city objective for strategic centres along the economic corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities State agencies, and State-owned corporations 

27

Prioritise transport investments that enhance access to the economic corridors and between centres within the corridors.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies, and State-owned corporations

28

Co-locate health, education, social and community facilities in strategic centres along the economic corridor.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies, and State-owned corporations

29

Facilitate health and education precincts that:

a. create the conditions for the continued co-location of health and education facilities, and services to support the precinct and growth of the precincts
b. have high levels of accessibility
c. attract associated businesses, industries and commercialisation of research
d. include housing opportunities for students and workers within 30 minutes of the precinct.

Councils other planning authorities, and State agencies
 

30

Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Frenchs Forest health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and Northern Beaches Council

31

Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the St Leonards health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health, Lane Cove Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council

32

Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Macquarie Park health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and City of Ryde Council

33

Strengthen Macquarie Park through approaches that:

a. enable additional capacity for commercial floor space and maintain a commercial core
b. improve urban amenity as the centre transitions from business park to a vibrant commercial centre, including reducing the impact of vehicle movements on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
c. deliver a finer grain road network to enhance pedestrian connections and provide new access points
d. promote design excellence in urban design by upgrading public areas
e. deliver an innovation ecosystem in Macquarie Park, capitalising on the relationship with Macquarie University and nearby high-tech and medical corporations
f. improve public transport connections to Parramatta and the District's other strategic centres, including the Northern Beaches Hospital.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and City of Ryde Council

34

Strengthen St Leonards through approaches that:

a. leverage the new Sydney Metro Station at Crows Nest to deliver additional employment capacity
b. grow jobs in the centre
c. reduce the impact of vehicle movements on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
d. protect and enhance Willoughby Road's village character and retail/ restaurant strip
e. deliver new high quality open space, upgrade public areas, and establish collaborative place-making initiatives
f. promote synergies between the Royal North Shore Hospital and other health and education-related activities, in partnership with NSW Health
g. retain and manage the adjoining industrial zoned land for a range of urban services.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health, Lane Cove Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council

35

Strengthen Frenchs Forest through approaches that:

a. leverage the investment in the Northern Beaches Hospital to provide a vibrant and well-connected strategic centre
b. deliver an urban core with a mix of commercial and residential uses, open space and community facilities
c. provide new housing, including affordable housing
d. encourage walkability and cycling within the precinct
e. enhance the natural setting of the area by embellishing existing open space
f. attract new, innovative health and medical related commercial premises to support the hospital
g. reinforce the centre as an employment hub for the Northern Beaches, building on the existing business park east of the Wakehurst Parkway
h. continue to investigate a high frequency public transport link, in partnership with State agencies.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and Northern Beaches Council

36

Provide access to jobs, goods and services by:

a. attracting significant investment and business activity in strategic centres providing jobs growth
b. diversifying the range of activities in all centres
c. creating vibrant, safe places and quality public realm
d. focusing on a human-scale public realm and locally accessible open space
e. balancing the efficient movement of people and goods with supporting the liveability of places on the road network
f. improving the walkability within and to the centre
g. completing and improving a safe and connected cycling network to and within the centre.
h. improving public transport services to all strategic centres
i. conserving and interpreting heritage significance
j. designing parking that can be adapted to future uses
k. providing for a diverse and vibrant night-time economy in a way that responds to potential negative impacts
l. creating the conditions for residential development within strategic centres and within walking distance (up to 10 mins), but not as the expense of the attraction and growth of jobs, retailing and services; where appropriate, strategic centres should define commercial cores informed by an assessment of their need.

Councils, other planning authorities, and State agencies

37

Create new centres in accordance with the Principles for Greater Sydney's centres.

Councils and other planning authorities and State agencies

38

Prioritise strategic land use and infrastructure plans for growing centres, particularly those with capacity for additional retail floor space.

Councils and other planning authorities

39

Encourage opportunities for new smart work hubs.

Councils and other planning authorities

40

Review the current planning controls and create capacit to achieve the job targets for each of the District's strategic centres
 

Councils and other planning authorities

41

Strengthen Brookvale-Dee Why through approaches that:

a. maintain the mix of uses so that Brookvale-Dee Why continues to perform strongly as a well-balanced, self-sustaining combined centre
b. encourage and support improvements to Warringah Mall and better integrate it within the fabric and life of Brookvale-Dee Why
c. recognise and enhance the economic and employment opportunities along Pittwater Road and encourage revitalisation along the commercial strip
d. promote walking, cycling and public transport to Warringah Mall, the Brookvale industrial area and Dee Why
e. encourage the establishment of new, innovative and creative industries in the Brookvale industrial area
f. encourage new lifestyle and entertainment uses to activate local streets in Brookvale-Dee Why
g. improve connections between Brookvale-Dee Why and the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest.

Northern Beaches Council, relevant planning authorities and State agencies

42

Strengthen Chatswood through approaches that:

a. protect and grow the commercial core
b. maximise the land use opportunities provided by Sydney Metro
c. promote the role of the centre as a location for high quality, commercial office buildings and a diverse retail offering
d. enhance the role of the centre as a destination for cultural and leisure activities
e. promote and encourage connectivity, and upgrade and increase public open spaces
f. investigate interchange operations on both sides of the railway line to increase capacity and efficiency of modal changes
g. improve pedestrian connectivity between the eastern and western side of the rail line

Willoughby City Council, other planning authorities and State agencies

43

Strengthen Hornsby through approaches that:

a. encourage revitalisation of the commercial core
b. better integrate Westfield Hornsby into the centre and make the area more attractive
c. attract mixed-use development west of the railway line, encourage a stronger integration with the centre, and encourage the development of a lively eat street and restaurant precinct
d. unlock development potential of strata-constrained areas east of the centre
e. support health-related land uses and infrastructure around Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Hospital
f. improve walking and cycling connections between Hornsby Station and the Hospital
g. reduce the impact of traffic movements on pedestrians
h. promote walking, cycling and public transport to and within the centre
i. prioritise public domain upgrades, place-making initiatives and a new civic space.

Hornsby Shire Council, other relevant planning authorities and State agencies

44

Strengthen Manly through approaches that:

a. further develop Manly as a cultural, tourist, retail and entertainment precinct
b. improve public transport connections to Manly Wharf from other lower Northern Beaches suburbs
c. provide improved public transport to Chatswood, Frenchs Forest, St Leonards, Macquarie Park and Macquarie University
d. encourage diversified commercial activity to improve economic resilience
e. encourage eco-tourism around North Head and the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Northern Beaches Council, other relevant planning authorities and State agencies

45

Strengthen Mona Vale through approaches that:

a. protect and enhance the commercial and retail function of the centre to provide employment growth and maintain high job containment
b. ensure sufficient retail and commercial floor space is provided to meet future demand
c. leverage Mona Vale's role as a north-south and east-west bus interchange to facilitate a greater diversity of employment and mixed-uses in the centre
d. improve access and linkages to local destinations, such as Mona Vale Hospital, through priority pedestrian networks
e. promote walking and cycling to and within the centre
f. retain and manage the industrial precinct to the north of the centre to serve the growing population
g. prioritise place-making and urban activation, including enlivening the centre.

Northern Beaches Council, other relevant planning authorities and State agencies

46

Retain and manage industrial and urban services land, in line with the principles for managing industrial and urban services land, in the identified local government areas (refer to Figure 18) by safe-guarding all industrial zoned land from conversion to residential development, including conversion to mixed-use zonings. In updating local environmental plans, councils are to conduct a strategic review of industrial lands.

Hunter's Hill Council, Ku-ringga Council, Lane Cove Council, Northern Beaches Council, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, City of Ryde Council, Willoughby City Council and other planning authorities
 

47

Review and manage industrial and urban services land, in line with the principles for managing industrial and urban services land, in the identified local government areas (refer to Figure 18) by undertaking a review of all industrial land to confirm their retention or transition to higher order uses (such as business parks) and prepare appropriate controls to maximise business and employment outcomes, considering the changing nature of industries in the area.

Greater Sydney Commission, Hornsby Shire Council and other planning authorities

48

Manage the interfaces of industrial areas by:

Land use activities

a. providing buffer areas to nearby activities, such as residential uses, that are sensitive to emissions from 24-hour freight functions
b. retaining industrial lands for intermodal and logistics uses from the encroachment of commercial, residential and other non-compatible uses which would adversely affect industry viability to facilitate ongoing operation and long-term growth.
c. identifying and preserving land for future intermodal and rail infrastructure.
d. accommodating advanced manufacturing where appropriate by zoning that reflects emerging development models.

Transport operations

e. providing the required commercial and passenger vehicle, and freight and passenger rail access.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

49

Facilitate the contemporary adaptation of industrial and warehouse buildings through increased floor to ceiling heights.

Councils and planning authorities

50

Integrate land use and transport plans to deliver the 30-minute city.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies
 

51

Investigate, plan and protect future transport and infrastructure corridors.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

52

Support innovative approaches to the operation of business, educational and institutional establishments to improve the performance of the transport network.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

53

Plan for urban development, new centres, better places and employment uses that are integrated with, and optimise opportunities of, the public values and use of Sydney Metro City & Southwest, as well as other city-shaping projects.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

54

Consider the barriers to the growth of internationally competitive trade sectors including engaging with industry and assessing regulatory barriers.

Councils and other planning authorities

55

When preparing plans for tourism and visitation, consider:

a. encouraging the development of a range of well-designed and located facilities.
b. enhancing the amenity, vibrancy and safety of centres and township precincts
c. supporting the development of places for artistic and cultural activities.
d. improving public facilities and access
e. protecting heritage and biodiversity to enhance cultural and eco-tourism
f. supporting appropriate growth of the night-time economy
g. developing industry skills critical to growing the visitor economy.
h. incorporating transport planning to serve the transport access needs of tourists.

Councils and other planning authorities

56

Protect and support agricultural production and mineral resources (in particular, construction materials) by preventing inappropriately dispersed urban activities in rural areas.

Councils and other planning authorities

57

Provide a regulatory environment that enables economic opportunities created by changing technologies.

Councils and other planning authorities and State agencies

58

Consider opportunities to implement place-based initiatives to attract more visitors, improve visitor experiences and ensure connections to transport at key tourist attractions.

Councils and other planning authorities and State agencies

59

Consider opportunities to enhance the tourist and visitor economy in the District, including a coordinated approach to tourism activities, events and accommodation. 

Councils and other planning authorities and State agencies

60

Optimise the efficiency and effectiveness of the freight handling and logistics network by:

a. protecting current and future freight corridors and shared freight corridors
b. balancing the need to minimise negative impacts of freight movements on urban amenity with the need to support efficient freight movements and deliveries.
c. identifying and protecting key freight routes
d. limiting incompatible uses in areas expected to have intense freight activity.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

61

Investigate and plan for the land use implications of potential long-term transport connections.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

Sustainability

Actions
Responsibility
62

Protect environmentally sensitive areas of waterways and the coastal environment areas.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

63

Enhance sustainability and liveability by improving and managing access to waterways, foreshores and the coast for recreation, tourism, cultural events and water-based transport.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

64

Improve the health of catchments and waterways through a risk-based approach to managing the cumulative impacts of development including coordinated monitoring of outcomes.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

65

Work towards reinstating more natural conditions in highly modified urban waterways

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

66

Protect and enhance biodiversity by:

a. supporting landscape-scale biodiversity conservation and the restoration of bushland corridors
b. managing urban bushland and remnant vegetation as green infrastructure
c. managing urban development and urban bushland to reduce edge-effect impacts.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

67

Identify and protect scenic and cultural landscapes.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

68

Enhance and protect views of scenic and cultural landscapes from the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

69

Maintain or enhance the values of the Metropolitan Rural Area using place-based planning to deliver targeted environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Councils and other planning authorities

70

Limit urban development to within the Urban Area.

Councils and other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations

71

Expand urban tree canopy in the public realm.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

72

Progressively refine the detailed design and delivery of:

a.Greater Sydney Green Grid priority corridors
b. opportunities for connections that form the long-term vision of the network
c. walking and cycling links for transport as well as leisure and recreational trips.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

73

Maximise the use of existing open space and protect, enhance and expand public open space by:

a. providing opportunities to expand a network of diverse, accessible, high quality open spaces that respond to the needs and values of communities as populations grow
b. investigating opportunities to provide new open space so that all residential areas are within 400 metres of open space and all high density residential areas (over 60 dwellings per hectare) are within 200 metres of open space
c. requiring large urban renewal initiatives to demonstrate how the quantity of, or access to, high quality and diverse local open space is maintained or improved
d. planning new neighbourhoods with a sufficient quantity and quality of new open space
e. delivering shared and co-located sports and recreational facilities including shared school grounds and repurposed golf courses
f. delivering, or complementing the Greater Sydney Green Grid
g. providing walking and cycling links for transport as well as leisure and recreational trips.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

74

Support initiatives that contribute to the aspirational objective of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, especially through the establishment of low-carbon precincts in Planned Precincts, State Significant Precincts, Urban Transformation projects, Growth Areas and Collaboration Areas.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

75

Support precinct-based initiatives to increase renewable energy generation, and energy and water efficiency, especially in Planned Precincts, Growth Areas, Collaboration Areas and State Significant Precincts, and Urban Transformation projects.

Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

76

Protect existing, and identify new, locations for waste recycling and management.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

77

Support innovative solutions to reduce the volume of waste and reduce waste transport requirements.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

78

Encourage the preparation of low-carbon, high efficienc strategies to reduce emissions, optimise the use of water, reduce waste and optimise car parking provision where an increase in total floor area greater than 100,000 square metres is proposed in any contiguous area of 10 or more hectares.
 

Councils and other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations

79

Investigate potential regulatory mechanisms such as a Protection of the Environment Policy (PEP) that sets low-carbon, high efficiency targets to be met through increased energy efficiency, water recycling and waste avoidance, reduction or re-use. This could include a framework for the monitoring and verification of performance for precincts in Growth Areas, Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, urban renewal precincts and housing growth areas that are planned to have an increase in total floor area greater than 100,000 square metres.Investigate potential regulatory mechanisms such as a Protection of the Environment Policy (PEP) that sets low-carbon, high efficiency targets to be met through increased energy efficiency, water recycling and waste avoidance, reduction or re-use. This could include a framework for the monitoring and verification of performance for precincts in Growth Areas, Planned Precincts, Collaboration Areas, urban renewal precincts and housing growth areas that are planned to have an increase in total floor area greater than 100,000 square metres.
 

Environmental Protection Authority

80

Support initiatives that respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

81

Avoid locating new urban development in areas exposed to natural and urban hazards and consider options to limit the intensification of development in existing urban areas most exposed to hazards.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

82

Mitigate the urban heat island effect and reduce vulnerability to extreme heat.

Councils, other planning authorities and State agencies

Implementation

Actions
Responsibility
83

The Greater Sydney Commission will require a local environmental plan review to include:

a. an assessment of the local environment plan against the district plan Planning Priorities and Actions
b. local context analysis
c. an overview and program for the local strategic planning required to inform the preparation of a local strategic planning statement that will inform updates to the local environmental plan

Councils

84

Develop performance indicators in consultation with state agencies and councils that ensure the 10 Directions to inform inter-agency, State and local government decision-making.

Greater Sydney Commission, State agencies and councils