Planning for the Wilton Growth Area

Planning Sydney’s Third Growth Area has progressed one step further.

The Wilton Growth Area was previously established by inclusion of the land in State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 (the SEPP). The SEPP identifies the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan as the Structure Plan for the Growth Area. South East Wilton and North Wilton Precincts have already been rezoned as the first stages of the Growth Area. The future urban lands were zoned with a single comprehensive ‘urban development’ zone that provides flexibility for detailed future planning. The controls for each Precinct are included in Appendix 14 and 15 of the SEPP respectively.

Previous planning for the Growth Area has included:

  • Draft Wilton Interim Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan which forms a framework for planning of the Growth Area and informed Wilton 2040
  • Wilton 2040 – a Plan for the Wilton Growth Area provides a high level framework for Wilton Town Centre and neighbourhoods
  • Proposed Special Infrastructure Contribution for Wilton which proposes a SIC of $59,274 per dwelling which is yet to be adopted

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has now released the Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for Wilton. This is the latest step in establishing the planning framework for the Wilton Growth Area providing the detailed controls to guide future development. Once adopted the DCP will apply to Precincts where precinct planning has been completed. Generally, Wollondilly Local Environmental Plan 2011 and the Wollondilly Development Control Plan 2016 no longer apply to Precincts where precinct planning has been completed. To date, the only completed Precincts are South East Wilton and North Wilton.

We have reviewed the DCP and this is a summary of our key findings:

  • The DCP is generally consistent with other DCP’s in the North and South West Growth Centre Precincts so the format and content will be familiar to many.
  • One exception is the requirement to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan before Development Applications can be lodged. This is a result of the future urban lands being zoned with a single ‘Urban Development’ zone. The Neighbourhood Plan refines the allocation of land uses across the Precinct, among other objectives, and will be included in the DCP as a Schedule once adopted. Development Applications can be submitted concurrently with the Neighbourhood Plan although this is not preferred. In any case Development Applications can be lodged after 60 days even if the DCP has not been amended to include the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Unlike the North and South West Growth Centre Precincts, land within the Wilton Growth Area is not yet bio-certified. A new bio-certification process is intended to be finalised in 2020.
  • The DCP provides for a range of residential densities from 10 – 45 dwellings per hectare.
  • There are controls related to development near gas easements and high ecological value waterways.
  • There is a Chapter devoted to Sustainability and Biodiversity.

We have an intimate knowledge of the history of planning for the Wilton Growth Area so please contact Nathan Croft on 0419 845 089 if you need any assistance in preparing your submission regarding the DCP. Submissions close on 18 September 2019.

NATHAN CROFT | PLANNING MANAGER | ORION CONSULTING

 

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