The first details of the structure and mandate of the Greater Sydney Commission, responsible for metropolitan planning in partnership with state and local government, were released this month, and include delivery of plans for each of Sydney's six districts (north, south, central, west-central, west and south-west)
The Dialogue was invited to a special briefing for key stakeholders before the public launch and was informed that Greater Sydney Commission will be responsible for:
- finalising district plans for each of Sydney’s six districts
- conducting regular reviews of councils’ Local Environmental Plans
- conducting all decision-making and plan-making on rezoning proposals currently undertaken by the Minister (or delegate)
- taking on the current assessment and plan making functions of the Sydney Joint Regional Planning Panels, including pre-gateway reviews
- monitoring and reporting to Government in implementation of actions in A Plan for Growing Sydney
The Dialogue has already written to the Premier and Planning Minister calling for the GSC to be initially given a mandate to prepare regional masterplans for strategic precincts in Western Sydney such as the Olympic Corridor, Badgerys Creek Enterprise Zone and future Bankstown to Liverpool Metro corridor.
Legislation to establish the Commission is expected to be introduced to Parliament by the end of the year and advertisements have already been placed in major newspapers to recruit Commissioners and District representatives.