What’s been proposed is wholesale carnage of our city area - the densities they’re proposing are almost unbelievably big.
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.
Using information the NSW Government has publicly released, our staff laid out the planning and development implications - we understand the proposed average residential density for the Central to Eveleigh site is over 70,000 people per square kilometre.
To put that in context - the current highest density community in the country at Pyrmont is 14,000 people per square kilometre; Green Square, when completed, will be 22,000 per square kilometre. Urban Growth’s plans for densities at Waterloo are more than three times bigger than Green Square.
This is unprecedented in Australia and rare internationally. The existing public domain, including parks and streets, will be intensely impacted. What they are proposing condemns people living in the area to substandard living conditions not seen in most developed cities.
There would be more than 50 per cent of winter overshadowing in parks and surrounding residential areas and development would not meet the Government’s own guidelines for apartment design, including standards for solar access and cross ventilation. The proposed massively increased density will result in the loss of all or most existing trees in the area.
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.
It’s shocking. This is one level of government that thinks it can just take 21 per cent of an area from another level of government.
This could shape up to be a disaster, not just for the City but for the State and Federal economies too - intensifying residential development to this extent risks displacing the fine-grain, high quality businesses driving the new economy.
Sydney is a major driver of the national economy - we generate over $110 billion in economic activity and account for over 7% of Australia’s total economy, and nearly a quarter of the State of NSW. We are Australia's only global city and a cradle of job growth.
If the NSW Government proceeds with this, and if they proceed with WestConnex, they are effectively killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
Ask the Planning Minister to go back to the drawing board and work with our communities to plan our city properly - sign the petition here.