Urban Transformation Program
About the Parramatta Road Program
The Parramatta Road corridor is a strategically important transport and movement route for people who live, work and travel in the area. The Corridor is characterised by chronic traffic congestion, loud noise and low quality commercial premises. The Corridor, which connects Sydney CBD to Parramatta, Sydney’s second CBD, is a priority area for the long term growth and improvement of Sydney.
After three years of consultation and collaboration, the Strategy and Implementation Tool Kit have now been finalised and adopted by the NSW Government. The Strategy does not rezone land but will be given statutory force by a Ministerial Direction under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
The Strategy is supported by an Implementation Tool Kit – a suite of four documents which will be used by councils and other stakeholders when making land use decisions.
The Strategy sets out the vision and land use and transport principles to accommodate 27,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs in a range of industries across the Corridor over the next 30 years. The Implementation Tool Kit responds to community priorities for more open space and more appealing streets, reduced traffic congestion, improved public transport and a better environment for residents and business.
The Strategy is supported by a $198m Government funding package to stimulate growth and change in the Corridor including streetscape upgrades, creation of new or improved open spaces, urban plazas and town squares, and new walking and cycling links to key transport nodes and open space.
The release of the Strategy largely concludes UrbanGrowth NSW’s involvement, and Governments at all levels now have a part to play in implementing the Strategy.
Program area (From draft strategy. Under review)
- November: consultation began with two planning and design workshops attended by state and local government and industry experts as well as planning sessions attended by randomly selected community members
- Late 2014: Community consultation on preliminary draft Strategy
- January – July: council staff seconded to Parramatta Road project team at UrbanGrowth NSW
- February-mid September: Draft Strategy prepared with State agencies and local councils
- September – December: public display of Draft Strategy
- January – May: consultation feedback reviewed and analysed
- May: Consultation Outcomes Report published
- January - September: Draft Strategy revised, informed by stakeholder feedback
- October: final Strategy and Implementation Tool Kit adopted and released by Government
- November: implementation of the Strategy commences. Rezoning proposals can commence. Urban Amenity Improvement project planning commences
- Late 2016: District Plans publicly exhibited by the Greater Sydney Commission.
- Statutory planning continues. Urban Amenity Improvement works commence
- Development assessments and construction