The planning processes associated with the previous State-Government led Priority Precincts (or Planned Precincts) has been reviewed by DPIE in collaboration with the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) and Government Architect. The review has resulted in a new approach comprising four strategic pathways detailed as follows:
State-led strategic planning
These projects will involve early investigations and high-level strategic planning work led by DPIE in collaboration with Councils, State agencies and communities to inform future rezoning processes. Whilst many of these precincts or release areas already exist, there is more strategic work for government to undertake to support housing and job growth. Some of the precincts identified include Greater Penrith to Eastern Creek, Western Sydney Employment Area, Macquarie Park, Westmead, Sydenham to Bankstown and Greater Macarthur.
Collaborative planning between the State and Councils
In these precincts DPIE will play a coordination role to facilitate collaborative partnerships between DPIE and Councils to resolve complex issues involving other State agencies. Subsequent rezonings will generally be implemented by the relevant Council, although in certain cases they could become State-led. Some of the precincts identified include South Creek West (sub-precincts), Camellia and Seven Hills.
State-led rezonings under the new approach will be focussed on where there is a strategic imperative for DPIE to lead, including places with current or future city-shaping infrastructure and investment and where the State has the opportunity to create great public spaces. The key difference here is that DPIE will actually lead and undertake the rezoning of lands in these precincts, as opposed to facilitating or being collaborative in higher-level precinct planning. Some of the precincts identified include Wilton Town Centre, Crows Nest, Central Station SSP, and Marsden Park North.
Rezoning of certain existing precincts will now be solely led and undertaken by Councils instead of DPIE. These areas are those where councils are best placed to deliver the detailed planning within their communities. These precincts are at the neighbourhood or town centre scale and include the likes of Leppington Town Centre, Riverstone West, Schofields and Marsden Park Town Centres and Riverwood.
The full list of announced precincts is provided in the DPIE release Priority Growth Areas and Precincts.