$70,000 Review Of Redevelopment At North Rocks

The Hills Shire Council has received $70,000 in NSW Government funding to review the redevelopment options for the North Rocks industrial precinct.

The $70,000 in funding for the review is part of more than $2.3 million being distributed by the NSW Government to support robust long-term planning for new homes and jobs in line with the new planning system.

David Elliott, the Member for Baulkham Hills, and Dominic Perrottet, the Member for Castle Hill, said the funding would support planning for an important component in future development of the area.

“This project will investigate whether the existing employment precinct has the capability to sustain continued industrial activities and urban support services,” said Mr Elliott.

Mr Perrottet said: “This is an opportunity to investigate options for the future development of the industrial precinct to promote job growth or deliver new housing opportunities.”

The Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Planning Craig Baumann said the North Rocks redevelopment was one of 27 council projects that had received grants ranging from $26,000 to $200,000 under round eight of the Planning Reform Fund.

“This is vital work that councils are doing and I am very pleased that the NSW Government is able to support it,” Mr Baumann said.

“This funding is in line with the new planning system to put a lot more time and effort into strategic planning – deciding upfront how we want neighbourhoods, suburbs, towns and cities to look.”

Nearly 60 per cent of the funding in round eight of the Planning Reform Fund would go to regional and rural councils.

Sydney East $582,850   Hunter/Central Coast $457,000
Sydney West $378,059   Northern $364,500
Southern $350,000   Western $236,500

 

Mr Baumann said the Planning Reform Fund in recent years has had a focus on ensuring planning decisions which support growth are backed by the evidence. 

“Once we’ve done the strategic planning, with maximum community input, then we will have certainty about the future and we won’t have council staff and community tied up in never-ending conflict over the development of individual sites,” Mr Baumann said.