Sydney Suburbs Identified For High-Rise Blocks

15/03/2013 3:52 am

Eight suburbs have been earmarked for high-rise apartment blocks up to 30 storeys tall and increased commercial development as part of a state government plan to boost high-density housing and employment in Sydney.

Fairfax Media has reported today that the eight "urban activation precincts" – where development is to be intensified near transport hubs – due to be unveiled by the Premier Barry O'Farrell and Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.

Parts of North Ryde, Macquarie Park, Epping, Wentworth Point, Sydney Olympic Park, Mascot, Randwick and South Maroubra are facing a raft of zoning and development control changes encompassing hundreds of homes and businesses, as well as government-owned or council land.
The effects of the highly anticipated changes are already being felt.

Fairfax reports that Chris Dunkerley from the Epping Civic Trust said developers and real estate agents were doorknocking his neighbourhood, where single-storey dwellings are facing a likely rezoning for five storeys.

Mr Hazzard, who declined to comment on the location of the precincts, has previously said they will go out to public consultation once finalised.
"As Planning Minister, I well understand some local councils desire to have no development, or next to no development. This is unrealistic in many parts of Sydney, where the community wants to live."