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Public to have their say on Bays Market District

25 July 2017

Sydneysiders have the opportunity to shape the principles that will guide the creation of a masterplan for Sydney Harbour’s next destination. UrbanGrowth NSW is seeking feedback on draft principles that will inform the creation of a masterplan for the Bays Market District, including a rejuvenated Sydney Fish Market.

“This will be an iconic destination for locals and visitors from interstate and overseas, so it’s vital that we take every opportunity at the outset to get it right, and this means making sure everyone has the chance to get involved in the consultation process,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation Interim CEO Steve Driscoll.

“The masterplan will guide the transformation of the Bays Market District, and we want to hear from people of all ages and walks of life.”

Located just two kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, the Bays Market District comprises the waters of Blackwattle Bay and land along Bank Street, Pyrmont, including the Sydney Fish Market. The district is one of eight destinations in The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

The masterplan will consider opportunities for public open space, community and recreational facilities as well as residential, employment and supporting maritime uses within the district.

“Feedback on the draft principles will help us develop the masterplan for this new destination,” said Mr Driscoll.

“We are committed to engaging with the community throughout the masterplanning process.”

The NSW Government’s vision for the Bays Market District is to rejuvenate the Sydney Fish Market and expand the fresh food offering, creating a world-class Bays Market District connected to the water; to provide compatible housing suitable to living on the edge of the CBD; and to seamlessly integrate the district with Wentworth Park.

An online survey on the masterplan will be open on The Bays Precinct website www.thebayssydney.com.au from the week commencing Monday, 31 July until Friday, 25 August 2017.The public can also register to attend one of two workshops to be held on Thursday, 10 August and Saturday, 12 August, 2017.

About the masterplan

The Bays Market District masterplan will include:

  • land along Bank Street, Pyrmont
  • the current Sydney Fish Market site
  • the new Sydney Fish Market site
  • water uses in Blackwattle Bay.

The masterplan draft principles are:

Landscape and environment

  • Better connect Wentworth Park to the harbour
  • Improve access to Blackwattle Bay, the foreshore, and water activities for all users
  • Explore and interpret the history of the site
  • Pursue leading edge sustainability, climate change resilience and improved water quality outcomes
  • Minimise additional shadowing to Wentworth Park and the Glebe Foreshore in mid-winter

Access and movement

  • Encourage active transport by prioritising cycling and walking
  • Balance diverse traffic movement needs for all users
  • Reinforce and strengthen connections to existing and future public transport
  • Develop an effective and efficient parking response
  • Increase permeability and wayfinding

Land uses and built form

  • Deliver the new Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay as the first step in the urban transformation process
  • Integrate housing and mixed uses suitable to living on the city’s edge and the site’s characteristics
  • Link the Bays Market District to the City, Glebe, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Glebe Island and White Bay
  • Maintain and enhance maritime, employment and working harbour uses and activities
  • Mandate Design Excellence in public domain, landscape and built form design

Social, economic and community

  • Support the creation of distinctive and socially inclusive communities
  • Activate public areas and establish a cultural core
  • Plan for education, health and social services to support future residents, workers and visitors
  • Expand the range of active and recreational opportunities, such as the Waterfront Promenade, that benefit the new community
  • Ensure strong coordination between public benefits and economically, socially and environmentally viable development
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