Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031

As rightly acknowledged by the draft Strategy, how we tackle Sydney’s growth up to 2031 will determine whether Sydney remains one of the most liveable and successful cities in the world.

The Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031 has been designed to align to the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and the State Infrastructure Strategy that were both released last year. 

According to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, by 2031 Sydney’s population will grow by 1.3 million to 5.6 million. An additional 545,000 dwellings and 625,000 jobs are expected to support this growth.

The Draft Strategy outlines some important strategic aims to support this growth, particularly:

  • Zoning land to enable productive uses in strategic locations
  • Ensuring good transport links to and from areas of economic activity
  • Widely promoting sites for investment and offering incentives where applicable
  • Streamlining the planning process to facilitate development
  • Delivering infrastructure, such as schools and health services, alongside new jobs and housing

Importantly, there are 9 key areas of Sydney or “City Shapers” identified in the plan.

  • Global Sydney - Sydney CBD and North Sydney which is expected to grow by more than 114,000 new jobs. It will be Australia’s most important area for economic, educational, medical, creative and cultural activity.
  • Global Economic Corridor - which extends from the national gateways of Port Botany and Sydney Airport through to Global Sydney, and north to St Leonards, Chatswood and Macquarie Park. This area contains a number of new Urban Activation Precincts, where the Government will focus attention on renewal and housing delivery over the next few years.
  • Sydney Harbour - More areas of the harbour foreshore will be opened up to the public, including transforming important waterfront areas such as Barangaroo and the Bays Precinct. Ferry transport use and water quality will be improved.
  • Parramatta - there will be 21,000 jobs in the Parramatta CBD by 2031, as well as growth in the nearby areas of Westmead and Rydalmere. Transport connections to other major centres, including Macquarie Park, Castle Hill, Blacktown and Bankstown, will be improved.
  • Parramatta Road corridor - will be a focus for new housing and employment opportunities. It will feature improved shops, services and public spaces, and link key destinations within the corridor such as Sydney Olympic Park and Burwood.
  • Anzac Parade corridor -  this corridor connects the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital to Malabar and La Perouse. Additional housing and jobs will be focused around centres along Anzac Parade, including the Anzac Parade South and Randwick Urban Activation Precincts. Renewal will be supported by improvements to infrastructure and public spaces.
  • North West Rail Link - is Sydney’s most important new investment in public transport. New housing and job opportunities will be focused around each of the eight new train stations, creating local centres with good services, high quality public spaces and a range of community facilities.
  • Western Sydney Employment Area - an area of around 10,000 hectares between the M4 and the M7 to support jobs growth in manufacturing and new technology.
  • Sydney’s Metropolitan Rural Area - contains our national parks and part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It includes important agricultural and resource lands, water catchment areas and green corridors.

In our submission, TPG recommended the extension of the current “city shapers” to include locations in the south-west of Sydney to achieve more balanced growth across the greater Sydney area.

Other key aspects of TPG’s submission include:
  • A recommendation to consider all employment sectors - not just the industrial sector - when considering “employment lands”. In particular, the retail sector makes a significant contribution to the economy, providing the State’s largest employers. 
  • Support of the Government’s intention to align the draft Strategy with NSW 2021: a Plan to make NSW Number One, the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and the State Infrastructure Strategy 2012-2032.
  • Exploring the potential for retailing in industrial zones will contribute significantly to the draft Strategy’s propensity to meet the evolving needs of business and the growing residential population.

Read TPG’s submission.

TPG has worked closely with Plus Fitness in putting together a comprehensive SEE which and they continue to improve and assist our franchisees in obtaining what can sometimes be challenging approvals from Councils.

TPG has always been understanding of our requirements as a fast growing company and has always been willing to assist us in any way they can to better understand and develop our processes across a variety of challenging situations and circumstances. This helps us achieve favourable results and a positive experience for our Franchisees. TPG’s professional approach, product knowledge and willingness to understand our industry makes them a pleasure to deal with and they are an integral part of our business. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone considering engaging the services of a Town Planner.

John Fuller
Founding CEO
Plus Fitness



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