The NSW government has released details of a strategy for the planning of the Pyrmont peninsula, pressing ahead with a community consultation process despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a statement, planning minister Rob Stokes said, “The planning system is keeping people in jobs, unlocking investment opportunities and keeping the economy moving through this unprecedented crisis.
“This is just one of the projects we will continue pushing forward with during COVID-19 to create jobs and investment.”
The Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy is the result of a controversial review by the Greater Sydney Commission of the planning framework for the area, which was initiated by the state government in the wake of a planning department recommendation that the proposed Star Casino hotel tower be refused planning permission. When the review was published in October 2019, it was criticized by the City of Sydney for its speed and for its intervention in the local planning system.
A set of ten “directions” have been released for public feedback as part of the development of the plan. These are:
- Development that complements or enhances the area;
- Jobs and industries of the future;
- Centres for residents, workers and visitors;
- A unified planning framework;
- A tapestry of greener public spaces and experiences;
- Creativity, culture and heritage;
- Making it easier to move around;
- Building now for a sustainable future;
- Great homes that can suit the needs of more people;
- A collaborative voice.
The area has been regarded by the government as the “next frontier” of development in the city for some time.
“Feedback from the community and businesses will play a crucial role in setting the vision for this important precinct so we’ve moved consultation online to make it easier for everyone to share their ideas safely from home,” said Stokes.
Access the feedback system here.