On 16 March 2013 the NSW Premier announced the Urban Activation Precincts program as an important component of a package of wider housing delivery and jobs initiatives.Through consultation with local communities and councils, Urban Activation Precincts aim to deliver more homes in places with access to infrastructure, transport, services and jobs. The benefits to the community will include greater housing choices, increased amenities, services and improved public spaces.
Sydney is a rapidly growing city. Current forecasts suggest that more than 1.3 million additional people will be living in Sydney by 2031, requiring 545,000 more homes and 625,000 more jobs. The challenge for government is to make sure communities are provided with the infrastructure needed to support the inevitable growth and to enhance people's lifestyle and living.
Land use and transport planning are important considerations. Growth Infrastructure Plans will ensure that State infrastructure is delivered to support growth in each community. Funding is also available for local councils to deliver improvements to public spaces through the Precinct Support Scheme.
The Urban Activation Precincts Guideline provides an overview of the process, as well as criteria for precinct nomination and selection. Once the NSW Government endorses a precinct, detailed investigations will be commenced. These investigations will be done in close consultation with local councils and community. This frequently asked questions document also provides further information.
The eight precincts in the Urban Activation Precincts program were announced in March 2013. They are:
North Ryde Station (699)
Epping Town Centre (699)
Herring Road, Macquarie Park (699)
Anzac Parade South (699)
Carter Street, Lidcombe (699)
Wentworth Point (699)
Mascot Station (699)