Delivering housing within a walkable distance of strategic centres encourages non-vehicle trips, which also foster healthier communities. Housing within centres contributes to a sense of vibrancy; however, the delivery of housing should not constrain the ongoing operation and expansion of commercial and retail activities.
Research has shown that the Eastern City District will need to accommodate approximately 1.8 million square metres of additional retail floor space over the next 20 years21. In addition, there will be significant demand for additional office floor space. Creating the opportunities to attract retail and office development requires growth in either existing or new centres. The principles for expanding existing centres and developing new centres are outlined in this Planning Priority. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment will prepare a state-wide retail planning policy.
Rapid changes in technology and in retail trends, emerging night-time economies and population growth require councils to be agile and responsive in their planning for centres growth. Adaptive and flexible spaces may be required, particularly in centres close to the CBD, because of an increasing demand for workspaces from start-up and creative industries.
Smart work hubs offer the conveniences of a modern office in local areas – high-speed internet, meeting rooms, video conferencing facilities, informal lounges and quiet booths. They operate as shared workspaces with other small businesses, government and corporate organisations. Opportunities for smart work hubs in strategic centres should be encouraged.
A vibrant and safe night-time economy will enhance Greater Sydney’s standing as a global city, while meeting the social and recreational needs of shift workers, families, children and communities.
Planning for a night-time economy in centres should support a diverse range of small businesses, such as retail, and cultural events and assets accompanied by a suitable regulatory environment.
With economic growth a core goal for centres planning, job targets, expressed as a range, have been identified for each strategic centre. These targets seek to inform planning authorities and infrastructure agencies of anticipated growth. They should not be seen as maximum targets.
The lower end of the range of these job targets reflects the baseline of projected jobs growth anticipated in the centre, while the upper end is an aspirational higher growth scenario to reflect outcomes in the case of future investment and land use planning in centres.