Western Sydney Set to Host Highrise Hub

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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The skyline of Western Sydney could soon undergo dramatic change with the Parramatta City Council planning to abolish height curbs on buildings.

The council has just released its draft planning blueprint, which takes its cue from Brooklyn in New York and Surrey in British Columbia, Canada with a proposal to scrap building height restriction.

The City Centre Planning Framework Review is one of three key documents guiding the region’s future development, alongside the Draft Parramatta City River Strategy and the Draft Auto Alley Planning Framework.

According to the review, the council intends to abolish the current height limit of 70 storeys – equivalent to around 200 metres, permitting the construction of skyscrapers out in Sydney’s west as part of ambitious plans to create a second CBD with building densities similar those found in the city centre.

The height of buildings would still remain subject to aviation-related restrictions, however, which could become more relevant once the Badgerys Creek airport commences operation.

The review expects Parramatta to become the most rapidly growing centre outside global Sydney over the next two decades, a trend which will entail the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities.

“While there has been strong demand for new residential development in the CBD, our framework aims to further stimulate new commercial development to boost economic growth and jobs,” said Scott Lloyd, mayor of the Parramatta City Council. “Our aim is to create compact CBD with tall slender buildings allowing natural sunlight and active streetscapes.

“This new city planning framework will allow for significant increases in the number of workers and residents across the city.”

Other priorities outlined by the review include the transformation of the suburb of Rydalmere into a university precinct, and the expansion of light rail connections between the precinct and Castle Hill, Chester Hill, Bankstown, Blacktown and Carlingford.

The council will accept comments from the community and stakeholders until a November 19 deadline, with final plans scheduled for release next year.

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