On Monday 19 September Council adopted a set of planning principles to guide its participation on the Bays Precinct Taskforce.
The 80-hectare Bays Precinct takes in the foreshore areas around Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and White Bay and includes the White Bay Power Station, Rozelle Rail Yards and Sydney Fish Markets.
In 2007 the former State Government created the Bays Precinct Taskforce to plan for the area. The Taskforce included representatives from various State government organisations but no local representation from the City of Sydney, Leichhardt Council or local Members of Parliament.
There was community concern that the Taskforce may not have been inclusive or accountable.
The City advocated for an integrated planning process, one that included the community and looked at the precinct as a whole.
On 31 May 2011, the new Minister for Planning and Infrastructure announced that the City of Sydney and Leichhardt Councils would be invited to become members of the Taskforce.
We welcome the Minister's announcement and his commitment that the 'NSW Government will genuinely be listening to City of Sydney and Leichhardt ratepayers.' I believe this will lead to a more transparent and accountable planning process for the precinct and surrounding communities.
The Planning Principles adopted by Council will guide our participation on the Taskforce, through these agreed Principles we will actively work towards:
- Increased open space and public access to the foreshore;
- An appropriate scale of mixed use development to activate the harbour;
- Industrial and maritime heritage preservation;
- New cultural and community facilities;
- Improved public transport; and
- Opportunities to support the maritime economy and provide a working harbour.