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New Proposed Planning Controls Will Further Increase The Development Potential Of Parramatta’s Growing CBD

Simon Gunasekara from Meinhardt Planning NSW shares his insight on the rapid growth of the Parramatta Central Business District (CBD) including proposed amendments to planning controls which will strengthen the role of Parramatta as a dual CBD

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Parramatta continues to make leaps and bounds in solidifying itself as a haven for developers.

The current Metropolitan Plan prepared by the Department of Planning and Environment, A Plan for Growing Sydney, identifies Parramatta as Sydney’s dual CBD.  The plan acknowledges that Parramatta’s location at the heart of the Sydney Metropolitan area, its scale and mix of commercial, health and education facilities make it a centre of metropolitan significance.

Parramatta has been described as having the greatest growth potential of anywhere in Australia over the next five years. More than 30 per cent of Australia’s top 500 companies currently have offices in Parramatta contributing to its position as the fifth largest CBD in Australia, figures that are only expected to grow. The Parramatta and Western Sydney region is also positioned to accommodate 60-70 percent of Sydney’s population growth making it Australia’s fastest growing region over the next 25 years.

There is currently over $8 billion of construction occurring in the Parramatta CBD alone, ranging from A-Grade Office space to high-rise residential development.  The $2 billion redevelopment of the Parramatta Square precinct is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia and is set to transform the Parramatta city centre.

Parramatta City Council’s Land Use Planning Department has prepared a Draft Planning Proposal to amend planning controls for the Parramatta CBD.  The Draft Planning Proposal intends to provide for an expanded and more intense commercial core with proposed amendments projected to provide capacity for an additional 48,721 jobs and 19,976 dwellings by 2036. A few of the key changes that this amendment to Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011 will facilitate include:

  • A number of key land use changes, including, expanding the B3 – Commercial Core zone in the CBD centre and increasing the R4 – High Density Residential zoned land in various areas within the expanded CBD boundary.
  • Amendments to the existing maximum height and floor space ratios which includes a sliding scale for floor space ratio with respect to certain site conditions.
  • Developments greater than 40 metres in height (previously 55 metres) will be subject to a competitive design process. There are additional circumstances outlined where a design competition will be required.
  • Successful design competitions will benefit from a 15% bonus in height and floor space ratio.

It is anticipated that the Draft Planning Proposal will be considered at the next Council (Development) Meeting in April 2016.

The proposed amendments acknowledge Council’s desire for developers to deliver high quality, creative and innovative designs that not only contribute to a vibrant skyline but also provide a legacy for development in Australia.

Meinhardt Planning NSW is currently assisting Parramatta Council’s Development Team with the submission of development applications for the $2 billion re-development of Parramatta Square and have also assisted Council’s City Significant Development Team in the assessment of Major Development Applications.

With the pace of growth in Parramatta showing no signs of slowing down, Meinhardt Planning is well positioned to help clients successfully progress developments in this exciting time in the life of Parramatta.

For more information contact:

Diana_Brajuha_web Diana Brajuha – T: +612 8252 0416; E: diana.brajuha(@)

CV_Photo_Simon Gunasekara_B&W Simon Gunasekara – T: +612 8252 0465; E: simon.gunasekara(@)