07 Nov DPIE New Approach to Precinct Planning
The Department have indicated a new approach to Precinct Planning to provide clarity as to the pathway for planning (urban renewal and urban release) for each of the 51 existing precincts in Sydney. This won’t impact day to day work on land that is already zoned for development but will have an impact for those working on due diligence and rezonings. There will now be four pathways:
State-led strategic planning
These projects will involve early investigations and high-level strategic planning work led by the Department, to inform future rezoning processes.
Collaborative planning between the State and councils
In these precincts the Department will play a coordination role to facilitate collaborative partnerships between the Department and council to resolve complex issues involving other state agencies. Subsequent rezonings will generally be implemented by council, although in certain cases they could become State-led.
State-led rezonings under the new approach will be focused on where there is a strategic imperative for DPIE to lead, including places with current or future city-shaping infrastructure and investment and where the state has the opportunity to create great public spaces.
The new approach provides an opportunity for councils to progress and lead rezoning in some of the existing precincts. These areas are those where councils are best placed to deliver the detailed planning within their communities.
The Department has prepared an infographic indicating each of the Precincts and their relevant proposed pathway.
NATHAN CROFT – MANAGER, PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY – ORION CONSULTING