Draft Penrith Local Strategic Planning Statement

Yesterday, Nathan Croft, Manager – Planning & Development Strategy, attended the UDIA’s Briefing at Penrith City Council (Council) on the Draft Penrith Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The LSPS informs Council’s Local Environmental Plan review and is an important document for developers to review and understand as it will guide future development in the Penrith LGA. The LSPS effectively guides the implementation of the strategic objectives in the Metropolis of Three Cities (Sydney Region Plan), Western City District Plan and Council’s own Community Plan into the future Local Environmental Plan.

Council has a clear vision of transformation for Penrith City that builds on a “tremendous sense of community” with a focus on the “existing landscape attributes and grounded by the notion of liveability”. The LSPS seeks to “balance jobs and the environment” and includes 21 planning priorities with over 100 actions for the immediate, short-medium and medium-long term. It includes a Structure Plan developed by Council with the key take outs for developers being the protection of significant rural lands including the Mulgoa Valley, the concept of a Penrith Economic Triangle focused on existing and emerging centres and the identification of the Castlereagh Road reservation in the original alignment which provides an important flood evacuation route.

Importantly, Council is pragmatic about the future role of the LSPS and views both this document and the accompanying LEP review as a “point in time” in what is intended to be an iterative and ongoing process that will require significant investment of resources over the coming years. This position is commendable and is consistent with Council’s stance that achieving their vision for Penrith City requires a collaboration between the public and private sector. Council recognises that planning does not occur in a vacuum and that planning documents cannot be static documents. They are cognisant that this is particularly true in Western Sydney and acknowledge that there are significant city shaping infrastructure decisions yet to be made by the NSW Government, such as the alignment and station locations for the North-South metro rail extension and the Outer Sydney Orbital, that remain unknown. These will require refinement of the LSPS and further amendments to the LEP when their design is known.

Council remains committed to “growth in the right places and connected to infrastructure” which means development is to continue to be focused around rail stations and in centres. This position is a continuation of Council’s intention to balance greenfield development with infill development and Council are keen to indicate that this will mean less greenfield development as a percentage of total delivery. This will be reflected in the identification of a clear rural boundary that will act as a limit to growth.

The exhibition period for the LSPS ended yesterday and Council is meeting with the Greater Sydney Commission this week. The LEP review is due to be completed by mid 2020 – before Council goes into caretaker mode ahead of local Council elections in NSW. There is still an opportunity to make a submission although time is limited and Council have asked that they be advised of any intended submissions. If you want to discuss the Penrith LSPS (or any other LSPS) and what it means for you or if you are intending making a submission please contact Nathan Croft, Manager – Planning & Development Strategy, at nathan.croft@orionconsulting.com.au.

NATHAN CROFT | MANAGER – PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY | ORION CONSULTING

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