New housing solutions, precincts critical to Sydney’s future

New housing solutions addressing changing community needs – evident in Sydney’s growing appetite for apartment living – and the development of precincts within and beyond the City of Sydney are critical to the city’s future, a new report from premier fully-integrated infrastructure services firm AECOM has found.

Key decision-makers influencing the planning of Sydney’s future development will gather at an AECOM industry event tonight to hear the results of Sydney Connected, AECOM’s interactive, people-powered and city-wide conversation about the city’s future.
The report found that while 65 percent of the more than 500 respondents nominated “seamless public transport” as critical to Sydney’s future, new housing solutions were also important (35 percent).

Building precincts (29 percent) such as Green Square Town Centre in inner-city Sydney and further west in Parramatta were also identified as important to Sydney’s successful growth into a city of more than 6 million in future decades.

AECOM Managing Director – Design + Planning, James Rosenwax, said the Sydney Connected results confirmed both Sydney residents and visitors felt Sydney’s future will be best served through diverse and connected vertical communities.

“While transport connectivity is a number one priority, diversity of housing types – including provision of affordable housing close to the CBD – is of similar importance,” he said.

“Alongside dense city-living precincts created through major government programs such as Central to Eveleigh and the Bays Precinct, there is also demand for these diverse precincts to be planned in metropolitan regional cities such as Liverpool and Parramatta.”

Respondents – made up of city workers, residents, overseas and interstate visitors – also felt strongly about:

  • protecting the city’s natural beauty and resources (nominated by 52 percent of respondents)
  • building on the success of its existing communities through better infrastructure (32 percent)
  • getting people active and walking (24 percent)
  • creating more open, green spaces and fostering a connection to nature (29 percent)
  • bringing more of the city to life at night (23 percent)

Mr Rosenwax said communication technology would continue to have an impact on how Sydney residents and visitors interacted with and used their city.

“Sydney Connected is one example where a diverse range of people can engage in a conversation about the future shape of our cities,” he said.

Sydney Connected results echo the findings of the Melbourne NOW community survey, which were examined as part of AECOM’s Melbourne NEXT event earlier this year.

Built on the Zoom living social study (part of the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria), the Melbourne survey found 62 percent of respondents considered new types of housing important to the future of the city.

The two cities found common ground on other issues, including the importance of “seamless transport links” (65 percent of respondents in both cities) and valuing creativity and a culture of learning (27 percent of Sydney Connected respondents, 61percent of Melbourne respondents).

The result of a partnership between AECOM and the Sydney Design Festival, Sydney Connected asked residents, visitors and those with links to the Harbour city their opinions on issues ranging from business growth and new industry development to social diversity, transport links and the emergence of city precincts.


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