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A Metropolis of Three Cities

Infrastructure and collaboration

A city supported by infrastructure

Potential indicator:
Increased 30-minute access to a metropolitan centre/cluster

Providing adequate infrastructure to support population growth is essential to creating strong communities. One mechanism to better align growth with infrastructure is the growth infrastructure compact which would assess the nature, level and timing of infrastructure required for an area in light of its forecast housing and employment growth, including analysis of growth scenarios. This approach would demonstrate the correlation between growth and infrastructure, such as public transport, schools and open space, to allow for timely integration and more effective expenditure on infrastructure by location. The sequencing, optimising and adaptability of infrastructure are also considered as part of managing infrastructure delivery with growth.

Past plans for Greater Sydney have been successful in creating additional capacity for housing, employment and population growth. With continuing strong population growth and the current strength in the housing market, it has become viable to develop across a broader section of Greater Sydney. This has resulted in unprecedented levels of housing development which is increasing the demand on infrastructure and services across the region. In tandem, community standards for the quality and timely provision of infrastructure, amenity and place have also increased.

As Greater Sydney grows and becomes more complex there is a need to design better ways of supporting growth and delivering appropriate infrastructure in the right places. This would give the community confidence that the region is being planned and developed responsibly and sustainably.

It is imperative that growth is supported by essential services, such as education and health. An integrated planning approach also enables job creation opportunities across Greater Sydney to be maximised.

As a starting point, the Greater Sydney Region Plan outlines when and where growth is anticipated or planned across the three cities. This includes housing targets and identified Planned Precincts and Growth Areas.

The NSW Government is a major contributor to much-needed housing supply through the Planned Precincts and Growth Areas programs. Housing supply is also supported by the acceleration of council-led rezonings, faster housing approvals, delivery and renewal of social housing and using surplus government lands.

Planned Precincts will be consistent with the Objectives and Strategies of the Plan and relevant District Plans to enhance liveability, productivity and sustainability. These precincts will be designed and delivered in collaboration with councils and informed by key State agencies and their asset plans. This planning will be supported by a Special Infrastructure Contribution or similar arrangement to help fund the delivery of essential community infrastructure such as health, schools, open space and roads.

The key role of A Metropolis of Three Cities is to co-ordinate a whole-of-government approach that can provide the appropriate infrastructure in the right places to support the growth of three cities. In partnership with Future Transport 2056 and State Infrastructure Strategy 2018–2038, the Plan is critical in providing the basis for this collaborative approach. This can align policy and investment directions for business and the community.

To achieve this new methodical, proactive and collaborative approach, the Plan sets out four overarching Objectives to improve the planning and provision of infrastructure across Greater Sydney as it grows and evolves (refer to Figure 6). These Objectives are supported by new and refined Strategies for implementation, in collaboration with Infrastructure NSW, State agencies and councils.

A whole-of-government common platform and source of data including fiscal, population, demographic and employment planning assumptions informs long-term strategic planning and the preparation of business cases for infrastructure.

The Plan also introduces the concept of Collaboration Areas that focus on creating great places particularly as centres of economic productivity. The responsibility for delivering great places does not rest with any one organisation, as barriers to growth can be multi-faceted and complex. As a non-statutory initiative, Collaboration Areas offer a new way for Australian, NSW and local governments to work to deliver collective responses that support growth and change. This will be undertaken by identifying and aligning the activities and investments of the three tiers of government and key stakeholders, based on evidence, to respond to the unprecedented levels of growth and investment in Greater Sydney. The outputs of the collaborations are a series of strategies tailored to an area, that provide certainty to the community and the private sector, and align the Government’s investment and policies to achieving great places.

Summary of Actions

The following metropolitan-wide Action will deliver infrastructure and collaboration objectives.

  1. Identify, prioritise and deliver Collaboration Areas (refer to Objective 5).
  2. Coordinate land use and infrastructure for the Western City District (refer to Objective 5).

Figure 6: Strategies to align infrastructure with a growing city

Vision – refer to Objective 1
Prioritising infrastructure investment to support the three cities – an equitable home to 8 million residents in 2056
Process – refer to Objective 2
Aligning forecast growth with infrastructure – growth infrastructure compact simultaneously delivering housing and infrastructure Funding and financing infrastructure – who pays and contributes to growing Greater Sydney Sequencing infrastructure with growth – taking a methodical and sequenced approach
Implement and manage – refer to Objectives 3 and 4
Designing infrastructure to be adaptable – future-proofing assets Asset management of infrastructure – getting more out of existing assets

 

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