URBANGROWTH NSW has welcomed the City of Parramatta's decision to adopt the Development Control Plan for the Parramatta North urban transformation program, which aims to deliver a mixed-use renewal precinct located adjacent to the Parramatta CBD within a unique heritage, landscaped and river setting.
"The vision of creating a vibrant, revitalised community for Western Sydney has moved a step closer," said UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation's interim CEO Steve Driscoll.
"Parramatta North is a very important place and its significance in the story of Sydney's and Australia's history is not always appreciated. The challenges of this site are many but doing nothing is not an option. The time to commence the next chapter of Parramatta North has arrived," Mr Driscoll said.
The Development Control Plan is a planning document that will help guide important infrastructure works such as the location of roads, parks, new buildings, cycleways and pathways, and lays the foundations for other key elements of the masterplan.
The NSW Government will make a $310 million upfront investment in Parramatta North over the next seven to 10 years as part of an urban renewal program that seeks to honour the sensitivities of the past, bring new life to old buildings, and help meet the housing needs of a growing Sydney.
Project Leader Donna Savage said Parramatta North was similar to the former Prince Henry hospital site at Little Bay and the organisation has a legacy of delivering difficult but important projects.
"We are taking our responsibilities for the site seriously and will be drawing on our deep experience in developing great places that have a sensitive and complex history," Ms Savage said.
"The masterplan for the Prince Henry site won the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Premier's Prize in 2008 after being judged as a project of vision and integrity. Both sites have significant sensitive environmental, social and heritage values and we will be bringing our expertise from that project to bear at Parramatta North.
"Through various public open days and information sessions we know how important Parramatta North is to the community, whose ideas continue to shape the project. Being rigorous, accountable and navigating the complex issues of the site is important to UrbanGrowth NSW."
Mr Driscoll said the approval of the DCP was an important step towards revitalising Parramatta North following rezoning in 2015, and would enable the masterplan Development Application to be rigorously assessed.
"The DCP will enable a world class outcome for the people of Parramatta. We look forward to working with an elected council on the future of the project," he said.