GSC – Draft Community Participation Plan – now on exhibition

The community has been critical in helping shape the work of the Greater Sydney Commission since it was established. Earlier this year we brought together more than 100 community members for a series of co-design workshops to understand how we can best engage with the community in planning for Greater Sydney’s future. Feedback and ideas from these workshops have been used to shape our draft Community Participation Plan (CPP). All planning authorities across NSW are now required to prepare a CPP. The CPP will replace our Engagement Strategy, reaffirming our commitment to be a listening organisation and guiding our strong collaborative approach. It outlines the tools we will use, values we will embrace and opportunities we will provide for the community to be involved in the work of the Commission.

The GSC draft Community Participation Plan (CPP) is now on public exhibition, from 27 September to 12 November 2019. The GSC is looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft and your ideas for how they can include more people in strategic planning for Greater Sydney’s future. You can read the draft and share your feedback here.

After the exhibition period, the final CPP will be published on 1 December 2019 on both the Commission’s website and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Planning Portal.

Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW

The Better Planning Network believes that NSW needs a fundamentally different planning system from the one that is currently operating. A system that is driven by Ecologically Sustainable Development principles and one that is fairer, more transparent and less open to corruption.

This is why the BPN, together with a number of other groups including the National Trust (NSW), Shelter NSW, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, National Parks Association of NSW, Inner Sydney Voice and the Total Environment Centre, have developed Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW.

In the lead up to the State elections on 23 March, BPN is calling on you to formally endorse this CharterContinue reading “Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning in NSW”

Hornsby Shire Council and Pennant Hills – AGM 2018

Hornsby Shire Council’s General Manager Steven Head gave a very interesting presentation about his views on the immediate and intermediate future of Pennant Hills. He discussed various planning questions, our ideas towards a town plan, the bike path from Pennant Hills to Epping, and other topics. The presentation was followed by a short Q&A session with Mr Head, Trust Members, and the Councillors present. Mr Head was kind enough to let us distribute the slides from his presentation, which you can find in the link below.

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Community Forums – August 2018

On Thursday 23 August 2018, Hornsby Council held its community forum for B Ward at the Pennant Hills Bowling Club. Councillors Browne, Nicita, Heyde and McIntosh, as well as Mayor Ruddock attended this forum, and answered questions from residents.

Community Forums

Community Forum Meetings are a valuable opportunity for local residents to raise issues and gain feedback from their local Councillors. They are a golden opportunity to put your views on what Council and its representatives should be doing for us their electors in an informal meeting.

Continue reading “Community Forums – August 2018”

Traffic And Parking At Our Shire Stations

Are commuter traffic and parking key issues for residents in the Pennant Hills District/Hornsby Shire?

In the Australian on 24 February 2018 (‘Sydney and Melbourne the focal point for a nation of commuters’) the demographer Bernard Salt, states that 2016 ABS Census data indicates “that 120,000 workers flow south into the greater Sydney metropolis in the morning, only to return exhausted in the evening.”

Traffic and Parking at our Shire Stations

This is 14,000 commuters more than the estimate made in the 2011 Census, with the number of commuters growing by almost 3,000 a year. These commuters, as well as 7,000 from Newcastle, pass through and perhaps even park in the Shire. Continue reading “Traffic And Parking At Our Shire Stations”

A Vision for the Future of Pennant Hills

For many years the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust has urged successive Councils to prepare a strategic vision for the development of Pennant Hills. We believe a pause in State Government imposed housing targets in the Shire plus the impending completion of major road and rail infrastructure (which will beneficially impact Pennant Hills), provides an opportunity for Council to use this time to prepare an overarching plan to guide the medium-term development of Pennant Hills.

The Trust is presenting this submission to Council, local politicians, and our membership with the intention of starting a conversation between all stakeholders which will result in a vision for the medium-term future of Pennant Hills which is designed by experts and accepted by the community. Continue reading “A Vision for the Future of Pennant Hills”

Pennant Hills Town Plan – Let’s have the Vision before the Plan

In November 2016, the Council invited landowners, business owners, and community progress associations in Pennant Hills and Thornleigh to participate in the Picture Pennant Hills online survey. Not surprisingly, the responses were that there should be little or no development in Pennant Hills, but the Council should facilitate the creation of a welcoming village atmosphere supporting successful local business, with adequate shopping and professional services, through investment in long overdue improvements to shopping centre parking, community and social infrastructure. Continue reading “Pennant Hills Town Plan – Let’s have the Vision before the Plan”

Pennant Hills Centre

OUR CIVIC CENTRE NEEDS SERIOUS REJUVENATION

This is not a new proposition, in 2003 Council were considering the future of its Fisher Avenue Car Park and, in parallel, resolved to consider the Pennant Hills Masterplan requirement within its 2003/04 Strategic Planning Review.

The Trust took the opportunity to provide Council with the ‘community benefits’ considered essential to any masterplanning exercise: Continue reading “Pennant Hills Centre”

Development planning

Land Use Planning and Development Control.

The Issue –  It is one thing to get excited about specific development applications, but it is another thing to monitor the total planning system and participate in its evolution.

Participation can be at a number of levels:

1. The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan     (DCP) level.

Each local government (Council) area has a LEP to control land usage and what can be built where within the Council area. LEPs are prepared by local Councils, in consultation with their community and approved by the Minister for Planning. Continue reading “Development planning”