GREATER Sydney will become three connected cities over the next 40 years, linked by new public transport, giving more communities access to job opportunities, new homes and services within 30 minutes, according to the newly-released draft Greater Sydney Region Plan.
The draft Plan, prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), was launched for public comment last week together with Transport for NSW's Future Transport 2056. GSC's Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull, said the plans were the first long-term land use and transport strategies to be developed both collaboratively and concurrently.
The purpose of the draft Plan is to:
- Set a 40-year vision (up to 2056) and establish a 20-year plan to manage growth and change for Greater Sydney in the context of economic, social and environmental matters;
- Inform district and local plans and the assessment of planning proposals;
- Assist infrastructure agencies to plan and deliver for growth and change and to align their infrastructure plans to place-based outcomes;
- Inform the private sector of the vision for Greater Sydney and infrastructure investments required to manage growth; and
- Inform and engage the wider community so the draft Plan can best reflect the values and aspirations of all.
"Reshaping Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities – the Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City will rebalance it, fostering jobs, improving housing choice and affordability, easing congestion and enhancing our enviable natural environment across the entire region," Ms Turnbull said.
"This is particularly exciting for Sydney's west, with an entirely new city to emerge west of the M7, where the new Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis will support tens of thousands of jobs.
"Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown will become university towns, which means even greater opportunity for young people growing up in the West."
NSW Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said Greater Sydney's continued growth and success as a 21st century global city required a transformative approach to its planning.
"Greater Sydney is destined to become one of the world's top 10 cities and as its population grows to an estimated eight million people over the next 40 years, we need these plans to ensure we deliver the housing, jobs, transport services, schools and medical facilities Sydneysiders will need," Mr Roberts said.
"I congratulate the Chief Commissioner and her team on developing a compelling vision for the future of Greater Sydney and collaborating across government to align land use planning with future transport services and infrastructure."
The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan is on exhibition until 15 December 2017. More information is available from the Greater Sydney Commission website at <https://www.greater.sydney/draft-greater-sydney-region-plan>.