Friday, 21 December 2007

Vision for Parramatta Delivered

The NSW Government has delivered a 25-year vision for Parramatta which will generate 30,000 new jobs in the city centre, forge stronger links to the river and consolidate its role as Sydney’s second CBD, according to the Minister for Planning, Frank Sartor, following his approval of the Parramatta City Centre Local Environmental Plan (LEP), providing the planning framework to revitalise the city.

The Department of Planning, in conjunction with Parramatta City Council, developed four key draft documents which were released for community comment.

“This new planning approach to the city centre will reinforce Parramatta as the capital of Western Sydney and as the major city outside of the Sydney CBD,” Mr Sartor said.Member for Parramatta Tanya Gadiel said the city was already experiencing strong commercial growth and the vision would help that to continue as the capital of Western Sydney. Parramatta Lord Mayor Paul Barber welcomed the finalisation of the Parramatta City Centre Plan.

Key elements of the city centre plan include: 30,000 new jobs by 2031 through significant increases in building height controls and floor space ratios; 20,000 new residents in the city centre by 2031; reactivating the Parramatta River foreshore with new outdoor dining and cycling and walking path improvements; limiting building heights along Church Street’s popular outdoor dining strip; encouraging retail activity in laneways, including those created as part of new development sites; architectural competitions for buildings greater than 55 metres in height; and supporting an integrated transport plan to reduce reliance on private transport.


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