From Troy Daly, Program Director
18 May 2016
The Central to Eveleigh program has been in the news the past few days and I’d like to update everyone on our progress and next steps. We have been undertaking extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders including the City of Sydney for more than two years to develop a draft Urban Transformation Strategy that will be on public display for comment later this year. The feedback to date, alongside the results of our expert studies, has helped us to inform and refine our planning each step of the way.
We also work side by side with the Land and Housing Corporation and Transport for NSW as key government land owners and service providers in the area. The upcoming draft strategy will be a blueprint for how we consider sustainable growth alongside green space, community facilities and a diversity of housing. It is not a rezoning or development proposal, but will guide detailed planning for precincts of government owned land. Any final consent to rezone the land or approve development can not be given by UrbanGrowth NSW.
The Central to Eveleigh program considers 80–110 hectares of government owned land. As a result of our assessment to date, we are contemplating the potential for an about 26,000 new residents across precincts of government land in the corridor over the next 15-20 years.
In May 2015 at a community workshop attended by more than 200 community members we presented a 3D massing diagram that is now being widely used in the media. This diagram was produced at the request of the community to help show how the distribution of density would be considered on government owned land, including taller buildings located around major public transport facilities and tapering down in height to transition into existing neighbourhoods. Importantly, it does not attempt to show the green space and community facilities also being considered. The diagram is now more than a year old and in no way a final rezoning proposal. Its purpose was instead to inform community and stakeholder conversations. More accurate and refined information will be available in the draft strategy when it is released for public comment.
To ensure we took a holistic approach to sustainable planning, our studies considered the impacts of potential population growth of 29,000 to 56,000 new residents over a 20–30 year period in a wider 500 hectare study area. While this informed our research, our draft strategy is focused on the 80–110 hectares of government owned land.
The density being considered in the concept for the Waterloo area would be similar to Green Square and has taken into consideration both the City of Sydney and Department of Planning and Environment’s guidelines for apartment design and solar access. In the near future UrbanGrowth NSW will reach out to our stakeholders and communities to refine a shared vision for the Waterloo Estate masterplan on behalf of the Land and Housing Corporation, raise awareness about the project, and build understanding of masterplanning and its role. We’ll continue to engage the community as plans develop and this will involve workshops, drop-in sessions and briefings over 18 months.
We look forward to the next 12–18 months of detailed planning in partnership with the City of Sydney, the community and key stakeholders so they can bring all their views to the table.
We have also issued a media release that you can find here.