Parramatta CBD Planning Framework
Parramatta CBD planning proposal
The significance of the Parramatta CBD has been recognised in the State Government’s strategic planning framework for a number of decades. Its current recognition at the heart of the ‘Central City’ in the Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of three cities and the Central City District Plan continue to strengthen the significant economic function of the Parramatta CBD and its role in providing necessary housing, employment, recreation and cultural opportunities.
To manage the significant growth and changes in the CBD, Council has prepared a Planning Proposal to amend the planning controls for the Parramatta CBD contained in Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011 (PLEP 2011). The Planning Proposal broadly seeks changes to the Parramatta CBD boundary, land use mix, primary built form controls, and the mechanisms for infrastructure delivery. This is to achieve the City of Parramatta Council’s vision for the growth of the Parramatta CBD as Australia’s next great city.
Preparation of the Planning Proposal is specifically acknowledged in the Greater Sydney Region Plan under Objective 19 and in the Central City District Plan under Planning Priority C7. Changes to the planning framework are needed to stimulate employment and dwelling growth for the Parramatta CBD to fully realise its potential.
On 25 November 2019, an updated Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal was endorsed by Council to proceed to consultation. Updates made at that time were in response to Gateway determination conditions issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
In March 2020, minor technical amendments were made to the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal to address issues raised during the public authority consultation period, and also to address other minor technical matters. An amendment was made to the Incentive Height of Buildings Map as per a resolution of Council on 23 March 2020.
On 27 July 2020, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued an approval to Council to exhibit the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal, including an alteration to the Gateway determination.
The department’s approval was issued subject to conditions, which require some amendments to the Planning Proposal prior to exhibition. Council officers are currently working through these conditions and preparing the amendments. Once complete, the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal will proceed to public exhibition soon thereafter.
If you would like to discuss any part of the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal or need further information, please contact the Land Use Planning team on 02 9806 5050.