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The past quarter has seen a period of big planning system
changes, particularly in New South Wales.
It’s essential that NSW investors get up to speed on the
changes, because it’s the largest shake up the system has had in
In October, more than two years after the NSW Government
announced once-in-a-generation reforms to the state’s planning
system, the Planning Bill 2013 and Planning Administration Bill
2013 were introduced to the NSW Parliament.
At the time of writing, the landmark bill had passed through
the lower house.
The new planning system focuses on:
> Communities having a greater say upfront in the
> Allowing for planning decisions to be made more quickly;
> A simpler system that allows new investment;
> Strengthened rights for individuals and groups through a
Community Participation Charter;
> A more predictable assessment process; and
> Creating more housing choice across the state.
Other recent state and local government changes, although
not as large as the NSW reforms, have resulted in more than 30
rezonings across the country. Some of the changes have paved
the way for large development projects that involve millions of
dollars in investment in their respective markets. Here, Blockbrief
looks at the changes and the key markets impacted.
City of Sydney
Sydney LEP (Green Square Town Centre - Stage 2) 2013
The $8 billion Green Square major redevelopment project
is transforming southern Sydney into a vibrant precinct.
Approximately 5700 new homes have been built since 2000,
bringing in close to 11,000 more residents. By 2030, Green
Square is expected to attract 40,000 new residents and 22,000
new workers. This plan continues to pave the way for the
development of new housing and employment land supply in
The new Sydney Local Environmental Plan (Green Square
Town Centre – Stage 2) 2013 replaces the current controls
which apply to the Green Square town centre with a standalone
planning scheme and is one of three separate plans being
progressed for lands within the town centre.
The town centre covers an area of 13.74 hectares. It’s located
within the Green Square Urban Renewal Area, about 4.5
kilometres south of central Sydney. The plan relates to 12 sites
within the Green Square town centre. The new plan excludes
land at 956 to 960 Bourke Street, 355 Botany Road and 377 to
497 Botany Road, Zetland, which are also located within the
Green Square town centre. The excluded land is subject to a
The vision for the town centre is for an area that provides
retail, commercial and civic functions for Green Square and the
southern areas of Sydney.
The new plan applies the Zone B4 Mixed Uses to the subject
land east of Botany Road and Zone B3 Commercial Core to the
land west of Botany Road at the Green Square railway station.
The plan introduces greater flexibility in the mix of land uses
throughout the subject land. When the town centre is complete,
it will have the potential to accommodate approximately 6800
residents and 8600 workers.
Parramatta City Council
Parramatta LEP 2011 (Amendment No 4)
The amendment rezoned land at Hawkesbury Road, Westmead,
owned by the University of Western Sydney, from SP2 Special
Uses (Education Establishment) to B4 Mixed Use. The site
covers 4.04 hectares of land located in the Westmead Precinct,
approximately two kilometres west of the Parramatta CBD on the
western railway line.
The aim of the rezoning is to create a transit oriented
development which focuses investment and urban growth on
public transport infrastructure, intensifying and diversifying
activity around it and creating mixed use clusters of
development that bring together multiple activities and services,
local employment and diverse housing options.
The rezoning has the potential to provide up to 900 additional
dwellings in the market and will facilitate additional job
creation via the mix of uses proposed with up to 1400 additional
GLEN EIRA, VICTORIA
Glen Eira City Council
Glen Eira Planning Scheme Amendment C95
to impact market
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æWhen the town centre is
complete, it will have the
potential to accommodate
approximately 6800 residents
and 8600 workers.Æ
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