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In October 2015, the Department of Planning & Environment exhibited the Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy. The draft strategy proposes over 30,000 additional dwellings within walking distance of the proposed metro stations between Sydenham and Bankstown.
The Strategy also includes infrastructure to support the proposed growth identified for each centre.
Council's position is the Draft Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy cannot be supported at this time due to the significant number of unresolved issues, particularly concerning infrastructure, open space, urban design and funding.
The Draft Strategy is narrowly focussed on delivering housing, without considering the capacity of the existing and proposed infrastructure required to support it. Critically, the Draft Strategy is inconsistent with the Greater Sydney Commission's Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan and Draft South District Plan.
Prior to finalising the Draft Strategy, Council's submission identifies the need for the Department of Planning and Environment to undertake more detailed studies and analysis to address certain fundamental issues and to review the implementation process. This additional planning work will enable Council to provide more detailed comments on the Draft Strategy in relation to land uses, building envelopes and infrastructure
Council's submission is comprised of three reports.
Submission to the Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor StrategyAttachment A - Council's issues with the proposed infrastructure projectsAttachment B - Community Issues Report
Submission to the Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy
Attachment A - Council's issues with the proposed infrastructure projects
Attachment B - Community Issues Report
Below is a summary of the content of the submissions.
Council's submission identifies the need for the Department of Planning & Environment to undertake more detailed studies and analysis in partnership with Council to address the following fundamental issues prior to finalising the Draft Strategy. Then Draft Strategy must:
This additional planning work will enable Council to provide more detailed comments on the Draft Strategy in relation to land uses, building envelopes and infrastructure. This additional planning work must guide urban renewal within the corridor including the priority precincts.
Council's submission also seeks to amend the proposed implementation of the Draft Strategy, namely:
Council and the community have continuously indicated to the State Government that the Draft Strategy will accelerate dwelling growth ahead of new infrastructure, contrary to the directions set by state and local policies.
Council does not support the Draft Strategy's proposed dwelling capacity (35,403 new dwellings by 2036) without upfront planned and budgeted infrastructure support from the State Government.
This attachment reviews each infrastructure provision item and Council's recommended improvements.
Attachment B – Community Issues Report
The Department of Planning & Environment exhibited the Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy from 25 June to 3 September 2017.
During this period, Council held drop–in sessions to help residents navigate through the Draft Strategy and to listen to their issues and concerns. This report summarises the issues raised by residents at the drop–in sessions.
This report summarises: