The Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities

The Greater Sydney Commission has released the new Greater Sydney Region Plan, titled A Metropolis of Three Cities. This plan is the first regional plan developed by the Greater Sydney Commission and sets out a 40-year vision (to 2056) and establishes a 20-year plan to manage growth and change for Greater Sydney.

Three connected cities

As the name of the plan suggests, a key element of the plan is a vision of three, integrated and connected cities:

  • Western Parkland City – a polycentric city which incorporates the existing established centres of Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Campbelltown and Macarthur as well as the proposed Wester Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek areas;
  • Central River City – has greater Parramatta at its core and encompasses Parramatta CBD, North Parramatta and Westmead; and
  • Eastern Harbour City – the existing Sydney Harbour CBD.

Broader strategic framework

The plan has been prepared concurrently with the Future Transport 2056 Strategy and the State Infrastructure Strategy 2018–2038 to align land use, transport and infrastructure planning and is consistent with the 10 Directions for a Greater Sydney which are designed to guide integrated government land use and infrastructure decision-making. The diagram below shows how each of these documents, including the Greater Sydney Region Plan, will be used to shape strategic planning and infrastructure framework for NSW:

Greater Sydney

The Greater Sydney Plan will be used to inform district and local environmental plans and the assessment of planning proposals. The plan is also designed to assist infrastructure agencies to plan and deliver for growth and change and to align their infrastructure plans to place-based outcomes and inform the private sector and the wider community of the growth management and infrastructure investment intentions of government.

Key elements of the plan

The plan is focused on the following spatial elements:

  • Landscape: a parkland city, a river city and a harbour city with increased urban tree canopy and a network of open space, framed by a protected natural area;
  • Housing: an additional 725,000 dwellings creating new communities and urban renewal areas that support new and existing centres and enhance local character;
  • Jobs: places for 817,000 additional jobs with a strong focus on economic corridors, health and education precincts and strategic centres; and
  • Connectivity: a 30-minute city that connects people to jobs, businesses, schools and services and supports the economic efficiency of trade gateways.

The plan then sets out a total of 40 objectives, each with corresponding strategies, under the headings of infrastructure and collaboration, liveability, productivity, sustainability, and implementation.

What next?

The Greater Sydney Commission has promised that the plans will not sit on a shelf. The next step will be for the Commission to work with councils, government, stakeholders and the community to implement the strategies identified in the plan to realise the objectives and overarching vision of Greater Sydney as a “vibrant and sustainable” metropolis of the Eastern Harbour City, Central River City and Western Parkland City.

This post was prepared by Maddocks senior associate Sophie Jacobs

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