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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.

96 Sustainability

96 Sustainability Planning Priority N17 Protecting and enhancing scenic and cultural landscapes In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 28: Scenic and cultural landscapes are protected and the corresponding strategies. The scenic and cultural landscapes of the North District contribute to the identity and international profile of Greater Sydney. Scenic and cultural landscapes encourage an appreciation of the natural environment, protect heritage and culture, and create economic opportunities, particularly for recreation and tourism. Aboriginal culture is deeply entwined in the landscapes of Greater Sydney. Scenic and cultural landscapes can complement green infrastructure, particularly where scenic landscapes include waterways and urban bushland. Scenic and cultural landscapes can often be prone to natural hazards, for example escarpments can be prone to land slip and erosion. One of the District’s key assets is its stunning Harbour and coastline. The Harbour and coastal views contribute to, and shape, the character of the District and the way people live. Tree-lined ridges and escarpments provide natural backdrops enjoyed from the Harbour. Beaches, bays and rock outcrops also contribute to these scenic views. Views from the Harbour, and views to the Harbour and foreshores, are both important and escarpments such as West Head provide viewing locations which need to be retained and enhanced in the planning and design process. Other valued scenic landscapes in the District include the Hawkesbury River and its tributaries, such as Berowra and Cowan Creeks, which are framed by Protected Natural areas. Views to and from the Hawkesbury River include natural coves, tree-lined ridges and beaches, providing a scenic setting for boats and foreshore picnics. Protected Natural Areas provide scenic views from beaches and the coastline including locations such as Palm Beach and Whale Beach. Bushland areas, shaped by ridgelines and valleys, are also important landscapes in the District, such as Ku‐ring‐gai National Park. The Metropolitan Rural Area provides another valued scenic and cultural landscape in the District, with pastoral and historic locations including Glenorie and Arcadia (refer to Planning Priority N18). A protected cultural landscape within the North District is North Head including Sydney Harbour National Park and the Quarantine Station at Manly. The site provides a prominent gateway into Sydney, with a landscape spread with buildings previously used to regulate the risk of disease from new arrivals to Australia in the colonial era. This cultural landscape is already protected for its scenic and cultural landscape. Continued protection of the North District’s scenic and cultural landscapes is important for the sustainability, liveability and productivity of the District. It can complement the protection of biodiversity and habitat, help manage natural hazards and support tourism. Protecting scenic and cultural landscapes can also help preserve links to Aboriginal cultural heritage. Actions Responsibility 64. Identify and protect scenic and cultural landscapes. Councils and other planning authorities 65. Enhance and protect views of scenic and cultural landscapes from the public realm. Councils and other planning authorities Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

97 Planning Priority N18 Better managing rural areas In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 29: Environmental, social and economic values in rural areas are maintained and protected and the corresponding strategies. The North District’s rural areas contribute to habitat and biodiversity, support productive agriculture, provide mineral and energy resources, and sustain the local rural towns and villages. They are part of the larger Metropolitan Rural Area. The District’s rural areas are located around Terrey Hills and Oxford Falls, and around the rural villages of Galston, Glenorie, Fiddletown, Maroota, Canoelands, Berowra Waters and Brooklyn. Figure 23 shows the extent of the District’s rural areas. Nurseries, cut-flower and stone fruit production are the main forms of agriculture in the District. There are clusters of agricultural activity around Middle Dural, Galston and Arcadia, which extends into the Central City District. There are opportunities to increase agricultural production in this area, particularly through more efficient use of vacant and underused rural land. The District has mineral and extractive resources around Maroota, producing construction materials such as sand. Maintaining local supplies of construction materials will support the growth of the District and Greater Sydney. Sydney Region Plan takes a strategic approach to managing Greater Sydney's needs for new land release areas. Therefore urban development in the Metropolitan Rural Area will only be considered in the investigation areas identified in the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan. There are no investigation areas in the North District. Design-led place-based planning in the Metropolitan Rural Area will help manage its environmental, social and economic values, maximise the productive use of land and incentivise biodiversity protection for remnant vegetation. Increased demand for biodiversity offset sites and limiting urban development in the Metropolitan Rural Area will help make it more attractive for landowners to protect biodiversity on private land through stewardship agreements. In some circumstances, careful planning of rural residential development can provide the necessary incentive to enable greater investment in the management of bushland, waterways and scenic landscapes, using effective buffers around rural industries. The District’s rural areas provide opportunities for people to live in a pastoral or bushland setting. Urban development is not consistent with the values of the Metropolitan Rural Area. The draft Greater Actions Responsibility 66. Maintain or enhance the values of the Metropolitan Rural Area using place-based planning to deliver targeted environmental, social and economic outcomes, including rural residential development. Councils and other planning authorities 67. Limit urban development to within the Urban Area. Councils and other planning authorities, State agencies and State-owned Corporations Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan