The Greater Macarthur Growth Area
The Greater MacArthur Priority Area has been earmarked as a focus for strategic investigation by Councils, the Department of Planning and Environment and the GSC. The area is being considered for substantial growth supported by transport infrastructure investments to improve accessibility throughout the Macarthur region, examining in particular future bypass connections to the Hume Highway. The areas around Wilton and Picton which have been long suggested as being capable of supporting future housing release areas have also been brought into the foreground under the South West District Plan.
Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula
Considerable attention has also been given to high priority areas in the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) and Bays Precinct. With planned government investment in the Parramatta Light Rail, Sydney Metro West and new CDB bus routes, centres throughout these areas are targeted to become hubs of local economic activity.
Investment in the Strategic Centres
Other strategic centres like Kogarah, Norwest and Liverpool are expected to receive additional support for both residential and commercial development. These have each demonstrated high labour productivity and are classed as important employment and urban services lands.
Demand for housing on the peripheries of the strategic centres is likely with people wanting to reside close to their places of employment. Like many established centres, there is always the risk of an apartment ‘glut’, so further research on surrounding developments is essential.
Health & Education Mega-Precincts
The development of health and education precincts features strongly in the District Plans. With large health facilities proposed for St Leonards, Randwick and the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct, there is undoubtedly significant motivation for investment in these precincts. The District Plans emphasise the growth of education hubs, which are seen as economic anchors for strategic centres such as Greater Parramatta, Penrith and Macquarie Park.