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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.

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18 2 Infrastructure and collaboration Greater Sydney is a successful and growing city, but, to become more liveable, sustainable and productive, it needs additional infrastructure and services in the right places and at the right time. Infrastructure planning requires collaboration – managing the competing needs of a city involves all levels of government, industry and the community. The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan emphasises the alignment of local environmental plans, transport programs and other agency programs. This involves the interface of NSW Government investment, such as transport interchanges, and local infrastructure programmed by councils, such as public domain improvements. Planning for infrastructure includes consideration of how such investments contribute to the shape and connectivity of Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities. This draft District Plan responds to major transport, health and education investments underway across the District, such as the Northern Beaches Hospital, Sydney Metro Northwest and NorthConnex and aligns with Future Transport 2056. The increasingly rapid pace of charge of technological innovation will influence the planning and delivery of infrastructure. Recognising and facilitating this adaptability in infrastructure is critical. Infrastructure – planned to support orderly growth, change and adaptability – must be efficient; optimal use of infrastructure increases infrastructure capacity to better support communities. For the North District, this means the following Planning Priorities: • Planning for a city supported by infrastructure. • Working through collaboration. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

19 Planning Priority N1 Planning for a city supported by infrastructure In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on: Objective 1: Infrastructure supports the three cities; Objective 2: Infrastructure aligns with forecast growth – growth infrastructure compact; Objective 3: Infrastructure adapts to meet future needs; and Objective 4: Infrastructure use is optimised and the corresponding strategies. Future infrastructure investment is to be considered in the context of how it will contribute to the shape of Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities. This considers the influence of metropolitan, district and local level infrastructure planning, and emphasises connections between each of the three cities. For the North District, this includes Sydney Metro Northwest, and Sydney Metro City & Southwest which will better connect the Eastern Economic Corridor, the Northern Beaches Hospital which will provide a major health and employment focus; and NorthConnex which will improve regional travel times and benefit local communities by easing congestion. To align infrastructure with growth, a growth infrastructure compact approach could be used. This approach is being piloted in Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP). The compact would identify possible scenarios for land use and infrastructure to assess optimal land use, infrastructure investment and community outcomes. The Commission will use this pilot to consider a broader application, particularly for areas set to experience high growth. Planning for infrastructure considers infrastructure in terms of its function: catalytic infrastructure such as major transport investments that generates greater demand and influences land uses; enabling infrastructure such as electricity and water, without which development cannot proceed; and supporting infrastructure such as local bus services that meet demand in growing communities. In terms of transport planning, for example, new public transport infrastructure, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles will help connect residents to their nearest strategic centre or metropolitan city centre within 30 minutes. In other areas, traditional facilities such as libraries are already being reimagined as community hubs. Actions Responsibility 1. Prioritise infrastructure investments to support the vision of a metropolis of three cities. 2. Sequence growth across the three cities to promote north-south and east-west connections. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations 3. Align forecast growth with infrastructure. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations 4. Sequence infrastructure provision using a place-based approach. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations 5. Consider the adaptability of infrastructure and its potential shared use. 6. Maximise the utility of existing infrastructure assets and consider strategies to influence behaviour changes, to reduce the demand for new infrastructure, including supporting the development of adaptive and flexible regulations to allow decentralised utilities. Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations Councils, other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned corporations Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan