Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Program
About the Parramatta Road Program
The Parramatta Road Corridor is a strategically important transport and movement route for people who live, work and travel in the area. The Corridor is characterised by chronic traffic congestion, loud noise and low quality commercial premises. The Corridor, which connects Sydney CBD to Parramatta, Sydney’s second CBD, is a priority area for the long term growth and improvement of Sydney.
After three years of consultation and collaboration, the Strategy and Implementation Tool Kit have now been finalised and adopted by the NSW Government. The Strategy does not rezone land but is given statutory force by a Ministerial Direction under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. (Click on the link 'Current and previously issued section 117 2 directions' and refer to the document 'List of local planning directions issued by the Minister on or after 1 July 2009'); Item 7.3)
The Strategy is supported by an Implementation Tool Kit – a suite of four documents which will be used by councils and other stakeholders when making land use decisions. The documents that form the Implementation Tool Kit guide where and when rezoning should occur, and identify the infrastructure that is required to support land use change in the Corridor.
The Strategy sets out the vision and land use and transport principles to accommodate 27,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs in a range of industries across the Corridor over the next 30 years. The Implementation Tool Kit responds to community priorities for more open space and more appealing streets, reduced traffic congestion, improved public transport and a better environment for residents and business.
The Strategy is supported by a $198m Government funding package to stimulate growth and change in the Corridor including streetscape upgrades, creation of new or improved open spaces, urban plazas and town squares, and new walking and cycling links to key transport nodes and open space.
The release of the Strategy largely concludes our involvement. Local councils, the Department of Planning and Environment and other State agencies all have a role in implementing the Strategy and the Implementation Tool Kit. If you are thinking about preparing a zoning proposal, please consult early with your local council and relevant State agencies.