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Living in a night time precinct

Overview

Living in a vibrant and diverse urban centre offers many benefits to residents including exposure to local food and beverage cultural activities, live music, social gatherings, events and late trading businesses. However, living in close proximity to a commercial or industrial centre can cause amenity impacts as a result of operating hours, odour, noise, lighting, traffic and measures associated with event management that new and existing residents should be aware of when moving into these precincts.

Setting expectations for some amenity impacts associated with night time activity

Council has endorsed the Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024, a 5-year strategy for developing the night time economy across the LGA. The Framework sets a vision for a world class 24-hour city centred on the Parramatta CBD, supported by vibrant local centres where people can engage with night time events, activities and offerings that cater to everyone in our diverse community.

Residents moving into precincts with commercial activity should be aware that doing so may come with potential amenity impacts due to the operating hours of surrounding businesses, as well as odour, noise, lighting, traffic and measures associated with event management.

Council intends to proactively address any concerns around noise and public behaviour by futureproofing entertainment precincts against the impacts of night time sounds, as well as through appropriate development controls for night time uses.

One of the ways Council will do this is by applying notations on planning certificates to outline the potential amenity impacts that should be reasonably expected when living in a vibrant and diverse commercial, mixed-use or special use centre. Applying notations onto planning certificates is part of the implementation of Council’s Parramatta Night City Framework 2020-2024 (Action 1.8).

 

Frequently asked questions
  • A planning certificate, officially known as a “Section 10.7 Certificate” (previously Section 149) is a document issued by Council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which provides you with all planning or other property issues that affect a particular piece of land.

    Section 10.7 Certificates come in two forms - a Section 10.7(2) Certificate shows the zoning of the property, its relevant state, regional and local planning controls and other property issues, and a Section 10.7(2) & (5) Certificate which provides additional advisory information about your land.
     

  • Notations have been applied to all land zoned any of the following:

    • B1 Neighbourhood Centre
    • B2 Local Centre
    • B3 Commercial Core
    • B4 Mixed Use
    • B5 Business Development
    • B6 Enterprise Corridor
    • IN1 General Industrial
    • IN2 Light Industrial
    • IN3 Heavy Industrial
  • You will find the notation listed under within Section C – additional information on your issued certificate.

    • Living in a night time precinct can cause amenity impacts but these should still be within reason. Council has a role in managing late night sound and amenity impact. If you have a concern about significant noise, odour, lighting or other impacts you can contact Council by clicking here.
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  • For more information about this policy, contact our Night Time City Team on NTE@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or 02 9806 5050.

    For information about obtaining a planning certificates and noise complaints, please contact Council on 9806 5050 or council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.