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Tribute to property expert + City development approved + Proposed planning reforms

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Remembering property expert

Peter Dransfield, the Chair of our Property Development Advisory Panel (PDAP), passed away unexpectedly on 5 January. Peter was a Director of the Devine Group and the former Director of both Multiplex Group and Housing for the NSW Government. He was appointed to the Penrith PDAP 16 months ago to help advise Council on how best to transform the City Centre to deliver jobs for the future. Council's Assistant General Manager Craig Butler said: “I quickly came to regard Peter as one of the most beautiful and gracious people that I have met. His outstanding professionalism and his pragmatism, along with the great depth of his knowledge, were his other qualities. Peter was able to cut through, making the complex simple. The General Manager and I, along with staff in the economic initiatives, property development and legal departments are so pleased to have had the pleasure of working with Peter and are saddened by his passing."

City development approved

Two six-storey developments have been approved for Kingswood.  A $19.8 million development, to be built at 28-32 Somerset Street, will include 52 apartments and ground floor commercial (pictured top).
The second development at 70 Derby Street, worth $7.3 million, includes commercial/medical suites and 26 apartments.
These two developments fit with the vision for the Penrith Health and Education Precinct. Council, along with health stakeholders and community partners (that surround the hospital) are working to create a precinct that will be a hub for health, technology, research and education.

Unprecedented housing boom

Department of Planning and Environment forecasts predict at least 6,600 new homes will be built in the Penrith local government area by 2020/21. Planning Minister Rob Stokes said a strong NSW economy had opened the way for an unprecedented housing, apartment and terrace boom across the state. “The increased supply will allow more Sydneysiders to buy new homes, improve housing affordability and help close an undersupply gap.” These figures are in line with Penrith Council targets. Council is working to create more than 25,000 new dwellings in Penrith City by 2031, including 5,000 in Penrith City Centre.
Read Penrith Progression: A Plan for Action Summary
Get more on the Sydney Housing Supply Forecast
The NSW Government this week released proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Changes include standardising the format of local government’s development control plans, to make them easier to understand and navigate. The reforms would also require each planning authority to prepare community participation plans, to allow local communities to have more opportunity to participate in strategic planning. You can have your say on the draft planning legislation until 10 March. Click for more

Wish list for West District outlined

Feedback to the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) on our West District (including Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury) has shown people want strategic thinking that will facilitate long term, sustainable economic development. Feedback focused on the need for improved public transport services and facilities. There was support for a rail link and road upgrades related to the proposed Western Sydney Airport and improved north-south transport connections. Young people, in particular, said they wanted a greater variety of local employment opportunities, including more professional jobs. 
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The Greater Sydney Commission recently released its 40-year vision which showed a major shift in strategic planning and focused on the significance of Western Sydney. "Greater Sydney is growing; this is the hallmark of successful cities across the globe. The Commission’s responsibility is to plan for our city to be more liveable, sustainable and productive as it grows. Good planning aims to ensure we have equitably distributed services, housing and jobs.” Draft District Plans are on public exhibition until 31 March.  Have your say

Recent development applications

An application has been received from Samarpan Investments Pty Ltd for the construction of a $12.5 million development, including 50 apartments and basement parking, at 1 Markham Avenue Penrith (pictured). Council has also received an application from CCL Developments Pty Ltd, on behalf of Holicombe and Glenmore Park Creek Developments, to subdivide 133 residential lots at 640 Forestwood Drive, Glenmore Park.  The application also includes construction of an internal local road layout.
Home Consortium want to redevelop the former Penrith and North St Marys Masters sites.  Home Consortium have indicated they would spend more than $6 million to develop multi-storey store centres at the two sites.  Click to read a News Local report
Penrith is a place of limitless opportunity. From Monday 16 January we'll be advertising the position of Executive Manager for City Economy & Planning. If you're interested in joining a progressive City Council, which is delivering a community-endorsed vision to build a City for the future, we encourage you to apply. Penrith’s success will reap benefits well beyond our boundaries!  Click for more
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