The announcement by the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts that 270 hectares of land around the Showground Metro Station will help accommodate new growth, says the Urban Taskforce.
“There have been recent concerns from the Hills Shire about the potential for over development despite the fact that a new metro rail line is well under construction in the area,” says Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson. “There have also been excessive requirements from the Hills Shire Council for larger sized apartments than required by state government rules. The rezoning now links the potential for larger apartments to incentives with extra floor space.”
“The Showground Station Precinct is a classic example of how Sydney’s growth must be accommodated in increased density around a new metro railway station. Increased density around the station will enable many people to walk to the station to then access jobs anywhere on the rail network. The rezoning also supports more jobs in the precinct along with a town centre with retail and cafes.”
“The approach adopted in the Showground Station Precinct to provide incentives for larger apartments must be utilised in all developments in the Hills Shire. We are aware of other housing projects in the Shire where a standoff exists between council and state government standards for apartment sizes.
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