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Prioritisation Assessment Program

Prioritisation Assessment Program

Council’s Prioritisation Assessment Program responds to an invitation from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to establish a program that prioritises the assessment and progression of development projects that will contribute significantly to the recovery of the City of Parramatta economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program focuses on redeploying Council assessment resources to progressing a small number of qualifying development applications and planning proposals to help bring forward key projects that are ready to commence and create investment certainty and confidence in the local economy. It is intended that only a small amount of key projects will be included in order for the program to properly focus on prioritising key proposals.

Prioritisation Assessment Program
  • The program provides applicants with the opportunity for early assessment, provision of feedback, review and determination of qualifying development applications and planning proposals.  Through the reprioritisation of Council’s existing resources it provides the certainty of early assessment to an established program and regular feedback on progress.  All relevant statutory and operational assessment processes will continue to be applied.

    It enables the early progression of proposals that will deliver local employment opportunities in construction and in the longer term. It also supports investment in the local economy and the delivery of community infrastructure.

    It provides for the continued growth of the City in accordance with established planning policies and enhances the attractiveness of the City of Parramatta as a place in which to do business and invest.

  • The program is open to applicants for all current and future development applications and planning proposals that are assessed by Council.  Projects need to meet qualifying criteria based on the ability of the project to create jobs both during construction and once complete, provide investment in the local economy and community infrastructure, and be able to commence construction within six months if it’s a development application, or proceed to the development application phase within six months if it’s a rezoning.

    Applications can be submitted for inclusion in the program at any time through the completion of the application form.  Advice for applicants is set out in the Operational Guidelines.

  • The program has been designed in liaison with Council’s Internal Ombudsman and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.  All relevant planning and other legislative requirements will continue to be met during the assessment process.  Council’s community consultation processes will also continue to be applied in the normal manner.

    Details of the operational processes of the program.

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Decisions on Applications to join the Program
  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: N/A
    Decision: Not eligible for program

    Description: Upgrade to Carlingford Oval

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/27/2016
    Decision: Accepted onto program

    Description:

    Block H is the last stage of its award-winning town centre development at Wentworth Point.

    The site covers approx. 3-hectares of land bounded by Wentworth Place, Burroway Road, Homebush Bay foreshore and Footbridge Boulevard; together with a small strip of land that extends south under Bennelong Bridge.

    The proposal seeks to amend the Homebush Bay West DCP 2013 to facilitate a new landmark residential development on the Wentworth Point Peninsula that comprises.

    • 950 apartments, in two residential towers of 40 and 50 stories respectively.
    • Active foreshore promenade, with hotel/club facility and waterfront dining,
    • New 2.5-hectare park, childcare centre and community pavilion, together with recreation facilities, operation of Baylink Shuttle community bus service and contribution towards Council’s infrastructure fund, with a total value at $70 million to be delivered under a Planning Agreement.
  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/01/2018
    Decision: Accepted onto program

    Description:

    The planning proposal seeks to amend the development controls for land at 14-16 Hill Road, Wentworth Point, by amending the Auburn Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2010 as follows:

    • expand the proposed public open space and land subject to acquisition for public open space within the site by increasing the RE1 Public Recreation zone and reducing the R4 High Density Residential zone;
    • rezone land within the north-eastern corner of the site from R4 High Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use;
    • amend the maximum Height of Buildings (HOB) to provide a range of heights from part 19m and part 88m to a range of heights between 44m and 134m (up to 40 storeys);
    • amend the FSR from part 1.25:1 and part 2.6:1 to a range of FSRs ranging from 1.9:1 to 7:3:1, noting that this is not intended to exceed the existing approved GFA on the site of 188,800m2 GFA;
  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/21/2015
    Decision: Accepted onto program, subject to the provision of further information

    Description:

    Proposal to build and operate a five star Hilton Hotel consisting of 245 rooms with related facilities café, signature restaurants, conference - ball room, business centre, gym, health and beauty centre, hotel school, pool, retail, and 4,200 sqm office space.

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/1/2016
    Decision: Accepted onto program

    Description:

    The Planning Proposal for Melrose Park North seeks to rezone a 25 hectare site at Wharf Road and Hope Street, Melrose Park to facilitate its urban renewal and future mixed use development.

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/9/2019
    Decision: Not Accepted onto program

    Description:

    Planning Proposal for land at 1 Windsor Road, North Rocks, which seeks to amend Schedule 1 of the Parramatta (former The Hills) LEP 2012 by adding retail premises as an additional permitted use (limited to a maximum of 3,800sqm) to facilitate a Woolworths supermarket and a liquor store.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: DA/269/2020
    Decision: Not accepted onto program

    Description:

    Plans have been received for demolition, tree removal and construction of a part 4, part 13-storey mixed use development over 4 levels of basement. The mixed-use development will comprise commercial uses, a tavern, a medical centre and a hotel. The proposal also includes amendments to the VPA.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: DA/295/2020
    Decision: Accepted onto program

    Description:

    Construction of 4 x 6-11 storey residential flat buildings and 2 x 10-12 storey mixed use buildings containing 412 residential units, supermarket, retail shop; 3 basement levels providing 521 car parking spaces; earthworks; landscaping; tree removal; signage zones; strata, stratum and Torrens title subdivision.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: N/A
    Decision: Not accepted onto program

    Description:

    The development proposal is for a commercial office tower with ground floor retail uses consistent with the draft provisions under the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal and a Draft site-specific DCP currently under assessment. The proposal will be supported by ancillary car parking and bicycle parking. Overall, the development will provide up to 80,000sqm GFA of A-Grade commercial office space and retail tenancies.

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/5/2018
    Decision: Supported subject to further information on investment value from the Applicant.

    Description:

    Planning Proposal St John’s Cathedral, Parramatta    RZ/5/2018    The Planning Proposal proposes increased FSR and Height controls and the rezoning of some land use zones. It seeks to facilitate an A-Grade commercial office tower to the north, and a residential tower to the south, a new laneway off Macquarie Street and new civic Square.    Supported subject to further information on investment value from the Applicant.

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/7/2017
    Decision: Not accepted, as it does not satisfy the minimum investment value criteria.

    Description:

    The project is the current Planning Proposal for a residential apartment building at 16-24 Thallon Street and 27-29 Jenkins Road Carlingford, Parramatta (the site). The concept plan provides for three separate blocks of apartment buildings, providing 196 residential units.

  • Application type: Planning Proposal
    Council Application Number: RZ/27/2015
    Decision: Not accepted, as it does not satisfy the minimum investment value criteria.

    Description:

    The Planning Proposal is seeking to amend planning controls at 23-27 Harold Street to permit a 24-storey apartment building. The project is the current Planning Proposal for a residential apartment building at 23-27 Harold St, Parramatta. The concept plan provides for an apartment building of up to 24 storeys designed to respect its heritage setting whilst consolidating housing within walking distance of the Fennell Street Light Rail Stop.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: DA/739/2020
    Decision: Supported, subject to the further information. However, the Panel notes the application is targeted for determination by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel in December 2020 so further information will not be sought to support the Prioritisation Assessment Program application.

    Description:

    Construction of 583 residential apartments in three towers and two low scale buildings, seven-storey commercial building, associated parking, landscaping, public domain works and subdivision. This application will be determined by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: DA/179/2020
    Decision: Not accepted, as it does not satisfy the minimum investment value criteria.

    Description:

    Construction of a 39-storey mixed-use development containing ground floor commercial/retail and 294 apartments. The proposal is Nominated Integrated Development under the Water Management Act 2000. The application will be determined by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

  • Application type: Development Application
    Council Application Number: DA/528/2019
    Decision: Included

    Description:

    Construction of 2 residential towers comprising 419 apartments over 4 levels of basement car parking; construction of a new road plus all associated landscaping, civil and public domain works. The application will be determined by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

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