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Revised Draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future.

104 Sustainability

104 Sustainability Delivering connectivity of walking, cycling and/ or horse riding trails is an important objective to maximise their utility. The District’s Greater Sydney Green Grid projects will improve regional-scale open spaces and walking and cycling links. Where the future of any larger spaces used for activities such as golf courses are uncertain due to declining membership and attendance figures, any land or facilities in public ownership should be retained as open space and transition to shared open space and facilities, including for organised sports. For land in private ownership, there may be opportunities for part of the land to be repurposed or set aside for open or shared spaces. The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (NSROC) Regional Sportsground Management Strategy (2011) aims to improve coordination of sportsground management across the region and is in the process of being reviewed. Future open space planning is reliant on collaboration and innovative re-use of shared spaces in response to the rising demand for active open space. The Government Architect’s Office is developing an open space toolkit, a resource for Councils to use for open space planning. Actions Responsibility 70. Maximise the use of existing open space and protect, enhance and expand public open space by: a. investigating opportunities to expand a network of diverse, accessible, high quality open space that responds to the needs and values of communities as populations grow b. investigating opportunities to provide new open space so that all residential areas are within 400 metres of open space and all high density residential areas are within 200 metres of open space c. requiring large urban renewal initiatives to demonstrate how access to high quality and diverse local open space is maintained or improved d. planning new neighbourhoods with a sufficient quantity of new open space e. delivering shared and co-located sports and recreational facilities, including shared school grounds and repurposed golf courses f. delivering on, or complementing, the Greater Sydney Green Grid. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

105 Planning Priority N21 Reducing carbon emissions and managing energy, water and waste efficiently In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 33: A low carbon city contributes to net-zero emissions by 2050 and mitigates climate change; Objective 34: Energy and water flows are captured, used and re-used; and Objective 35: More waste is re-used and recycled to support the development of a circular economy and the corresponding strategies. The significant growth and development planned for the North District will mean that demand for energy and water and the generation of waste will increase. Without new approaches to the use of energy and water and management of waste, greenhouse gas emissions are likely to increase. The District has an opportunity to include precinctwide energy, water and waste efficiency systems, for land release at Ingleside, urban renewal, industrial and urban services land, centres and Collaboration Areas. Adopting a place-based approach is necessary to achieve the best sustainability outcomes, including renewing and replacing inefficient infrastructure and organising utilities, car parking, amenities, open space, urban green cover and public spaces. Better design of precinct-wide energy, water and waste systems will encourage a circular economy that improves efficiency. A circular economy means designing waste out of the system. For example, a food manufacturing plant could send waste to an adjacent organic waste-to-energy facility. A low-carbon District More efficient use of energy and water in the District will reduce impacts on the environment and the District’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission has been seeking to better understand greenhouse gas emissions for each District across Greater Sydney and will continue to explore opportunities for planning initiatives to support the NSW Government’s goal of achieving a pathway towards net-zero emissions by 2050. Potential pathways towards net-zero emissions in the District include: • new public transport infrastructure, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles to connect residents to their nearest strategic centre or metropolitan centre within 30 minutes • new building standards and retrofits to design energy, water and waste systems to operate as efficiently as possible (for residential and nonresidential buildings) • building and precinct-scale renewables • waste diversion from landfill. How Greater Sydney’s urban structure and built form develops in future can support NSW’s transition towards net-zero emissions. More closely integrating land use with transport planning will help slow emissions growth by locating new homes near public transport and high-quality walkways and cycle paths. Building on existing public transport connections with electric vehicle transport hubs, shared autonomous vehicles and other innovative transport technologies can further reduce greenhouse emissions, and reduce levels of noise and air pollution. Emerging transport technologies will reduce the need for parking spaces and help reduce congestion. Designing high efficiency buildings and incorporating renewables will reduce emissions and reduce costs. This means improving the energy and water efficiency of buildings, and reducing waste in urban renewal projects and infrastructure projects. Recycling local water and harvesting stormwater creates opportunities for greening public open spaces including parks, ovals and school playgrounds. Recycling water diversifies the sources of water to meet demands for drinking, irrigating open spaces, keeping waterways clean and contributing to Greater Sydney’s water quality objectives. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan