THE NSW Department of Planning and Environment last week announced that 15 new priority precincts have been earmarked for growth and revitalisation as part of a plan to fast-track the building of new homes close to transport and services.
The Department's Executive Director of Urban Renewal, Brendan O'Brien, said the expansion of the priority precincts to include more areas across Sydney will mean thousands more homes will be delivered; creating vibrant communities that are supported by transport and key infrastructure.
"These new priority precincts will provide the necessary boost to housing supply by accelerating the rezoning process to allow for more modern, diverse housing developments to be built," Mr O'Brien said.
"We are working closely with councils, state agencies and residents to solve problems and build communities that make sure people of all ages have a variety of housing choice close to transport, shops and jobs and with sufficient open space.
"In developing the precinct plans we will ensure local character of communities is recognised and urban design principles outlined in the Government Architect's Better Placed will be used.
"This will ensure good design and that these precincts are sustainable, adaptable, connected and are safe and comfortable places," Mr O'Brien said.
The new priority precincts include:
- Belmore and Lakemba;
- Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush;
- Campsie and Canterbury;
- Frenchs Forest;
- Leppington Town Centre;
- Anzac Parade;
- Schofields Town Centre;
- Seven Hills and Wentworthville;
- St Leonards and Crows Nest;
- Turrella and Bardwell Park; and
Future priority precinct investigations will include a review of essential infrastructure such as roads, schools and parks. Funding frameworks for infrastructure will be considered before any rezoning decisions are made.
The expansion of priority precincts is part of the NSW Government's comprehensive Housing Affordability package which aims to support first homebuyers by boosting housing supply and delivering infrastructure to support growing communities across the state.
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/News/2017/New-priority-precincts>.