The rezoning of the Arncliffe and Banksia Precincts in New South Wales has been finalised, making the Bayside West 2036 Plan one step closer to reality.

The Department of Planning and Environment’s Acting Deputy Secretary for Planning and Design, Brett Whitworth, said the rezoning provided certainty for the community and put the plan into action.

A draft Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) is now also available for feedback from the community.

Mr Whitworth said the SIC plan will set out how more than $86.4 million worth of critical infrastructure will be paid for or delivered by the developers, including primary and secondary schools, open space, road upgrades and improvements to pedestrian and cycle links.

“Good design has a critical role to play in creating great communities for people to live and work. Any building over three storeys will be subject to the council’s design review panel and any building over 12 storeys will need to go through a design competition process,” said Mr Whitworth.

“The precinct will be a great place to live for everyone, with new homes, shops, parks and jobs within walking distance of the existing train stations at Banksia and Arncliffe.

“A mix of 3900 homes—from apartments, townhouses and terraces, to freestanding homes—will provide greater choice, including around 600 social, affordable and private homes to be built on the NSW Land and Housing Corporation site at Eden St.”

A Green Plan has been released that will guide planning and design of open space and tree canopy cover in the precinct, including creating an interconnected network of open spaces, through biodiversity corridors and ensuring tree canopy cover in open spaces and streets.

The NSW Government is funding $10 million for upgrades to Arncliffe Park and Gardiner Park, and a revamp of the Arncliffe Town Centre.

Mr Whitworth said the NSW Government will continue to work with the council to ensure great opportunities and strategic planning for Cooks Cove is done at a local level.

“We have provided $2.5 million to Bayside Council to help update its local strategic planning and the Local Environment Plan, which is the primary tool to guide planning decisions for the council to ensure local development is done appropriately,” he said.

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