The NSW Government has released the blueprint for transforming Parramatta Road into a vibrant urban corridor, along with $198 million to kick-start the corridor rejuvenation.
Parramatta Road will become Sydney’s new boom corridor under an urban transformation strategy featuring 27,000 additional homes, impressive community facilities and green spaces.
The Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy is the final plan to breathe new life in the corridor from Granville to Camperdown.
Devised by UrbanGrowth NSW in collaboration with state agencies and councils along the corridor, the 30-year transformation strategy:
- enables another 56,000 people to live in 27,000 new homes. The homes will come in a range of housing types, sizes and prices to cater for families, students and older people.
- unlocks $31 billion worth of development in the eight precincts along the 20km corridor. The corridor precincts will be supported by new open space, linear parks and links along watercourses and infrastructure corridors.
- proposes 33 km of new and upgraded walking and cycling links
- makes provisions for new education, health and community facilities to support the corridor’s growth
- includes design guidelines to ensure that new development will protect and be sensitive to the local character and heritage of established neighbourhoods.
To help implement the strategy and ensure change and growth occurs in a staged and coordinated manner, a supporting Implementation Plan identifies the priority areas for rezoning and identifies the infrastructure required to support land use change. The Implementation Plan includes:
- the provision for at least two dedicated public transport lanes on Parramatta Road
- a commitment to investigate a rapid bus service or an alternative public transport solution.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the completion of WestConnex, removing up to 50,000 vehicles a day including 10,000 trucks from Parramatta Road, offered an extraordinary opportunity to give the corridor to Sydney's west a facelift.
“The strategy is a joint vision for revitalisating one of our city’s most interesting urban corridors, which has been overwhelmed by heavy traffic, excessive noise and declining commercial spaces for years,” Mr Stokes said.
“The $198m package for local amenity improvement will stimulate transformation and make an early and tangible difference to the physical appearance of the corridor,” Mr Stokes said.