Better infrastructure to support urban renewal projects

Published 13th March, 2014 in Infrastructure

New and upgraded roads and transport infrastructure will be the centrepiece of two transformative town centre projects, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard has announced.

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Links to new and existing motorways and rail lines, local road and intersection upgrades, new community facilities such as parks and a school, and exciting new residential and retail developments will be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s plans for major new precincts at Epping and Lidcombe.

Mr Hazzard today announced next steps at the two locations, which will deliver vital infrastructure alongside around 9,250 new homes.

  • Epping Town Centre: The release of finalised plans to provide more housing choice in a refreshed and renewed town centre, as well as strengthening Epping’s role as an important centre while preserving local heritage
  • Carter Street, Lidcombe: Inviting the community to have its say on a proposal to transform a light industrial area adjacent to Sydney’s famed Olympic Park into 5,500 new homes with direct access to the M4 and the new WestConnex motorway.

“Despite the recent increase in the number of new homes being built, after years of inaction under the former Labor government, the need for more and different types of housing in Sydney has never been more pressing,” Mr Hazzard said.

“But the community has said loud and clear that housing growth must be accompanied by infrastructure – particularly transport infrastructure – and that’s what the O’Farrell Government is getting on with delivering.

Member for Epping, Greg Smith welcomed the revitalisation of the Epping town centre.

“The rezoning of the Epping Town Centre is supported by the recently completed $550 million Hills M2 upgrade and the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link currently underway, with Epping Station a ten minute walk away,” Mr Smith said.

“Local road upgrades are also planned next year to make it easier for residents to get around their suburb, including upgraded intersections at Essex Street and Epping Road and Carlingford and Beecroft Roads and the widening of parts of Epping Road.”

“The rezoning proposal for the area around Carter Street, Lidcombe would see an old industrial site transformed into an attractive, vibrant community with access to Parramatta River to take advantage of the world-class infrastructure at Sydney Olympic Park,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The plans include new bus services, direct access to the M4 as part of the $11 billion WestConnex motorway, and upgrades to local intersections and congestion hotspots.”

Other key aspects of the Epping Town Centre rezoning include:

  • Capacity for around 3,750 new homes in a precinct containing a mix of residential, retail and commercial buildings
  • Upgraded paving, lights, street furniture, trees and parks
  • Controls on building heights and floor space to maximise sunlight and minimise overshadowing
  • Buildings of between eight and 22 storeys within 400 metres of Epping Station, and up to five storeys in other selected areas.

Other key aspects of the Carter Street, Lidcombe proposed rezoning include:

  • Up to 5,500 new homes and a mix of retail and commercial buildings centred on a village square
  • A new primary school
  • A new 1.8 hectare park
  • Pedestrian and cycle links to existing walking and bike paths in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct
  • New foreshore reserve along Haslams Creek.

The Epping Town Centre and Carter Street, Lidcombe rezonings are part of the NSW Government’s Urban Activation Precinct program, which delivers jobs and homes in areas with good access to public transport, shops and services.

Click to view more information about Urban Activation.

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Published 13th March, 2014 in Infrastructure