The City of Sydney is now in the process of reviewing submissions received from the community about the draft City plan.
Sydney's draft City Plan simplifies more than 60 old planning documents - a result of past amalgamations. The new plan replaces all those separate plans with one succinct plan. It will make it easier for business and residents to understand planning controls in the area.
The draft Plan came about after more than 40 studies, reviews and research projects and more than 100 public meetings, forums, workshops and presentations with community and business.
After five years of community consultation, the City put the draft Plan on an extended public exhibition process (2 February 2011 - 21 April 2011). Over 100,000 letters were sent inviting submissions, a week-long open information session was held and simple fact sheets made available on the web.
More than 25 meetings were held with local community groups and industry stakeholders and City planners responded to hundreds of phone enquiries.
The draft Plan balances the preservation of our villages' character with the need for extra housing, office space, retail and industrial floor space. We have done this carefully and only in areas that can support growth such as the former industrial area of Green Square.
Some provisions of the draft City Plan were the result of directions by the former State Government.
I share community concern that some aspects need reviewing including proposed changes to heights and floor space ratios at the Ashmore Precinct in Erskineville. The City has now received more than 1000 submissions about the draft plan - around half relate to the Ashmore Precinct.
City planners are now reviewing the submissions and the draft Plan with feedback from the community will go back to Council later this year.