THE City of Sydney has extended the deadline for submissions to the City of Sydney's draft planning controls by three weeks.
The draft plan aims to guide future development across the local government area and covers issues such as zoning, building height, density, parking, design, heritage protection and sustainable growth.
The City Plan consolidates and standardises more than 60 Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans that currently exist following boundary changes and amalgamations.
The State Government requires all Council planning controls to comply with their Standard Instrument template, which means that the City Plan must meet the standard state-wide criteria.
Following endorsement by the Council in September last year, the draft City Plan was placed on exhibition from 2 February to 4 April 2011.
The Council said that due to the high level of community interest during the 60 day public exhibition period of the draft City Plan, written submissions will now be accepted until 21 April 2011.
"The City Plan provides for high quality, sustainable development, which is central to the vitality, liveability and culture of our city," said City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone.
"We are committed to planning for responsible development across central Sydney and the surrounding villages, and to improving the social, economic and environmental performance of the Sydney region."
Ms Barone said the plan is the result of more than five years of work that has included over 40 studies, reviews and research projects and more than 100 public meetings, forums, workshops and presentations to the community and business.
According to the Council, the draft City Plan:
- Contributes to the City's targets within the State Government's Metropolitan Strategy of 55,000 new homes and 58,000 new jobs by 2031;
- Lists an extra 53 heritage items as well as the existing 2151 items in the current planning controls, and proposes a new heritage conservation area in Millers Point;
- Requires design competitions for major new developments;
- Provides incentives to activate inner city laneways with niche retail outlets such as small bars;
- Encourages new commercial buildings to include showers, change rooms and bicycle parking for employees who walk or cycle to work; and
- Streamlines approval processes for businesses applying for outdoor dining licences on footpaths.
More information about the draft City Plan, is available from the City of Sydney website at <http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/development/cityplan>.