Council considers new planning controls for the City

Councillors last night discussed the City's new draft planning controls.

The underlying principle of the City Plan is to preserve the character and amenity of our existing villages, while focusing sustainable development for essential new homes and jobs into urban renewal areas.

Councillors heard from the community at the Committee meeting last night and will make a decision when the Council meets on Monday night.

This is the most comprehensive study ever conducted by the City.

The City has been working for over six years, street by street, to bring the planning controls from the former central Sydney, Glebe and South Sydney areas into one consistent document known as the City Plan.

It is the result of more than 40 studies, reviews and projects over the past five years and over 100 meetings, workshops and presentations to the community and businesses with notifications sent to 105,800 ratepayers.

The State Government told us we have to show how we can accommodate more people in the City - by 2036, we need to provide 61,000 new homes and 114,000 new jobs.

The City Plan balances those targets for homes and jobs set by the State Government with our vision for a more sustainable and more liveable city.

The City Plan will guide future development throughout the local government area, through our Local Environmental Plan, which sets out controls like zoning, height and floor space (being discussed this week). The City Plan also includes a Development Control Plan, which outlines the character and future directions of each village and precinct (scheduled to be discussed at Council in late March/early April).

We exhibited the LEP last year and staff have assessed the 1,012 submissions we received. About half related to the State Government's direction to increase height and density on the Ashmore urban renewal site.

The City will carry out more planning work and consultation for Ashmore, the Lachlan Precinct in Green Square and land along Gardeners Road, Rosebery and investigate listing eight new heritage items.

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