The recent package of draft plans for metro Sydney’s future include a 40-year vision for the whole city and 20-year District Plans for five key areas of the metropolis.

While there are many good statements in the plans, there are also a number of absolutes that appear to restrict innovation. The plans are produced by the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) so it is interesting to read them through the ideas of the GSC’s Environmental Commissioner, Rod Simpson, who recently…