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Planning Minister, it's time to go back to the drawing board and work with our communities to plan our city properly. 

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Planning Minister, it's time to go back to the drawing board and work with our communities to plan our city properly. 

What's been proposed is almost unimaginable densities for the Central to Eveleigh site 

Central to Eveleigh

We understand the proposed average residential density for the Central to Eveleigh site is over 70,000 people per square kilometre.

For context - the highest density community in the country at Pyrmont is 14,000 people per square kilometre; Green Square will be 22,000 per square kilometre. Urban Growth’s plans for densities at Waterloo are more than three times bigger than Green Square.

If that’s not bad enough, we understand Urban Growth is planning to rezone a large part of the surrounding area – well beyond the scope of the proposed Central to Eveleigh redevelopment and beyond the scope of their authority. A map published by Urban Growth shows a study area boundary that includes a number of conservation areas including parts of Redfern, Surry Hills, Chippendale and Alexandria.

Go back to the drawing board

This shocking proposal would do untold damage to city communities as well as the state and federal economies - it will effectively kill the goose that lays the golden egg. 

Despite not having been made public, they're forging ahead and I’m concerned NSW Cabinet will sign this off before the community understands the impacts.

We call on the NSW Planning Minister and Urban Growth to go back to the drawing board - and: 

  • reduce the extent and stated purpose of the Investigation Area
  • remove conservation areas and heritage listed sites from any proposed Investigation Area
  • provide affordable housing, high quality community infrastructure and adequate open space as required by the NSW Government’s own guidelines, in the early stages of any new development
  • outline how they will protect the growth of high value businesses and sectors in the Investigation Area
  • allow City of Sydney to lead any proposed rezoning in close consultation with the community.