Precinct planning (or commonly referred to as masterplanning) is a process that defines a vision, strategic directions and guidelines to ensure the orderly and efficient development of new precinct, such as a Town Centre or new residential community.
The key outputs of the precinct planning process include the following:
- an Indicative Layout Plan (ILP);
- detailed controls contained in precinct specific Development Control Plan (DCP);
- and an amendment to the Western Parkland City Precincts SEPP.
An ILP is intended to be a high-level plan that proposes future land uses, infrastructure services and helps to guide development objectives. An ILP will reflect the results of extensive technical background investigations and assessment of environmental, recreational, heritage and topographical features of a precinct.
A DCP is a document prepared by Council or DPE which provides detailed development guidelines to assist a person proposing a development. A DCP must be consistent with the provisions and objectives of the Growth Centres SEPP.
The rezoning of a precinct occurs after the Western Parkland City Precincts SEPP is amended to adopt a precinct plan and remove the application of the Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010 (underlying zoning) to the land release area.
New Approach to Precinct Planning
Until recently, DPE had responsibility to plan and rezone precincts within the SWGA, in collaboration with Council as a principal stakeholder. Once a SWGA precinct was rezoned, Council was responsible for assessing subsequent Planning Proposals and Development Applications.
On 2 November 2019, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces announced a new approach to precinct planning.
This approach consists of four planning pathways as outlined in the diagram below:
As a result of the new approach to Precinct Planning, Camden Council is now responsible for undertaking the assessment of precincts through the planning proposal process.
Council officers are currently assessing several proponent-led planning proposals that have a precinct size larger than 100ha. Precincts are categorised as ‘Significant Planning Proposals’ under Council’s Planning Proposal Policy which means the background documentation and studies are prepared and funded entirely by the proponent.
Camden Precinct Collaboration Group
The Camden Precinct Collaboration Group (Camden PCG) was established in February 2020 to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure infrastructure delivery is aligned with land use planning, precinct planning and forecast development for better place outcomes for Camden.
The Camden PCG held every 8 weeks. The key aims of the Camden PCG is to:
- align infrastructure delivery with precinct planning and to bring Council and Stage agencies together.
- agree of planning priorities; and
- determine planning pathway and collectively manage the delivery of land rezoning
The Camden PCG membership includes members from the following State agencies:
- Greater Sydney Commission;
- Department of Planning and Environment;
- Transport for NSW;
- Sydney Water; and
- Other State agencies as required (e.g. NSW Justice, NSW Health, School Infrastructure NSW).
Frequently Asked Questions
Precinct planning is the initial rezoning of suburb size parcels of land. This land may be rezoned to supply more homes, jobs, essential services and public open space.
The precinct planning process to rezone land of this scale includes the following key milestones
- Land within the Growth Areas is released by DPIE (traditional process)
- Council/ DPIE commence the rezoning planning process, which is now undertaken via the Planning Proposal pathway
- Initial assessment of the supporting technical studies informing the proposal
- Initial briefing to Council and initial notification of proposal (if required)
- Report to Camden Local Planning Panel and Council
- Formal Public Exhibition of the proposal and consideration of public submissions
- Adoption by DPIE
Precinct planning needs to consider existing site constraints
- Heritage items
- Flooding impacts
- Bushfire affected land
- Ecological impacts
- Visual impacts
Precinct planning also needs to consider future land impacts
- Provision of utilities
- Residential capacity and dwelling types
- Commercial capacity and employment opportunities
- Provision of open space and community services
- Traffic and public transport connections
- Protection of existing assets
- Visual impacts
- Potential conflicting land uses
- Equitable access and amenity