THE NSW Government has approved the rezoning of the Bella Vista and Kellyville Precincts to support the development of new town centres, facilities and green open space, along with 10,400 new jobs for Sydney's north-west.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said following extensive community consultation, the decision was made to approve a proposal to amend planning rules to rezone just over 100 hectares of land at Bella Vista and Kellyville around the Sydney Metro rail stations.
"We need to balance the growth challenges Sydney is facing with the need for unlocking more housing supply. A variety of housing choices for people of all ages, close to transport and jobs and with access to adequate open space, is what this growing community requires," Mr Roberts said.
"This rezoning is a great opportunity to harness the benefits of the $20 billion Sydney Metro, Australia's largest public transport project."
Mr Roberts added that Landcom and Transport for NSW had signed a program development agreement that would see the agencies partner to deliver great places at eight precincts along the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest corridor.
"In addition to the thousands of new homes and jobs, Landcom will facilitate 400,000 square metres of retail and commercial space at key sites, including 250,000 square metres at Kellyville and Bella Vista," he said.
"This program aims to capture the opportunities created by this landmark investment in new transport infrastructure by creating dynamic urban centres on government-owned land around station precincts."
Mr Roberts said that ensuring there was plenty of open green space for the growing community was a priority, with 10 hectares of additional open space provided as part of the rezoning, with improved connections for pedestrians and cyclists.
"Families, first homebuyers, couples or downsizers moving into Kellyville and Bella Vista would also have access to a new town centre, community facilities, new parks, and recreation zones all within a stone's throw from new train stations on the Sydney Metro North-west," the Minister said.
The rezoning of these station precincts will see a boost of 8,400 new homes with a mix of housing types, including apartments and terrace-style homes in Kellyville and Bella Vista, over the next 20 years.
Each precinct plan includes a schedule of infrastructure that would be required to support growth. The Department of Planning and Environment is investigating a number of funding mechanisms to deliver this infrastructure including a review of the North West Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan.