The inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards were held on Thursday 23 February 2017 and were hosted by the Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, Lucy Turnbull AO.
A total of 47 nominations across the six categories were received.
- Award 1 - Project Team of the Year
- Award 2 - Great Community Led Project
- Award 3 - Great New Place to Live and/or Work
- Award 4 - Great Integrated Planning Project
- Award 5 - Great Plan
- Award 6 - The Chief Commissioner's Award for Research and Innovation
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
Award 1 - Project Team of the Year
The Telopea Master Planning Team has set a high standard for a collaborative team working within the community, across government and specialist organisations.
The project team has considered the ongoing sensitivities of the local community and produced a comprehensive, well considered and accessible master plan that addresses the key values of the local community.
The master plan has been very well received by that community which is a testament to the team's dedication and understanding of the key issues.
The judging panel considered this well-presented nomination to be an excellent and unique way of looking at housing mix and one that shows a way forward for future projects.
The City of Parramatta, over a number of years, has delivered, led and partnered with others, to produce a body of city planning and city shaping projects which are truly of metropolitan significance.
The City Strategy Unit has provided much of the leadership for this work. This work has influenced and informed significant state government policy decisions, and the direction of metropolitan planning for Sydney.
Award 2 - Great Community Led Project
The GreenWay is a 5.5km sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor in Sydney's inner west. A defining feature of the GreenWay program is that it is driven by the inner west community in collaboration with inner west councils.
This unique level of community leadership and engagement is one of the principle reasons why the GreenWay vision and program has endured for 15 years, despite various set-backs and has continued to evolve in response to social, political and economic challenges in the inner west.
The judges assessed that this project provides a collaborative model which has sustained itself over many years and serves to guide other potential projects.
Conducted in partnership with state government agencies and departments, community groups and local residents, the project sought to investigate the threatened large-footed myostis species, otherwise known as the fishing bat, as an indicator of water quality in local creeks and waterways.
Judges agreed that Blacktown City Council's innovative project provides a future benchmark for other organisations passionate about involving their communities in ecologically sustainable actions, with its range of highly educational and engaging activities creating local environmental champions for the ongoing management of waterways around the Blacktown local government area.
Award 3 - Great New Place to Live and/or Work
Central Park is a mixed-use residential and retail precinct, located on Broadway, Chippendale.
Key features of the project which the judging panel has highlighted include:
- Significant investment, innovation and leadership in 'green' and sustainable technology
- A comprehensive consultation program throughout key stages of the project to encourage public participation and ensure the local community had a voice in the future development of the site
- Amongst the high quality and diverse residential buildings, Central Park also delivers state-of-the- art student accommodation with "The Steps, Central Park" and Unilodge at Kensington Street.
The judges agreed that the key to the site's success has, in large part, been due to the methodology of the masterplan. Not only did the masterplanning stages consider the delivery of jobs and high quality building and housing, the very careful consideration of how the various parts of the development would integrate with the surrounds and provide a sense of place was crucial.
Award 4 - Great Integrated Planning Project
Westmead is one of the largest health, education and research precincts in Australia and a key provider of jobs for the Greater Parramatta and Western Sydney region.
The success at Westmead is being driven by an active, engaged and coordinated group of diverse precinct partners.
In 2016 the precinct partners funded and were actively engaged in the development of the Westmead economic study to help promote the precinct and demonstrate its economic, social and strategic importance to Western Sydney.
The judges highlighted in particular a commitment to developing a future vision for the precinct and the integration of the health precinct with other elements, looking outside current boundaries to develop a fully integrated urban centre.
Washington Park is a 3.5 hectare integrated urban renewal project, combining a mix of social and private housing.
A community renewal plan supports the masterplan, which through a range of initiatives, encourages residents to be connected, get involved and have a say in future endeavours for the long term benefit of everyone who lives and will live at Washington Park.
The masterplan seeks to address and resolve the current social issues which arise from poor design based on the Radburnian models used in housing estates of the 1960s and 1970s. The new design removes these obstacles and in the process creates greater site permeability.
The judges considered this project a model for delivery of housing mix within an urban renewal site, demonstrating the significance of well-considered community initiatives.
The project is envisaged as a catalyst project to drive investment, growth and social energy that will transform the suburban centre of Lindfield into an animated and dynamic urban village.
Pro- active planning by Ku-ring gai Council has created a commercially attractive proposal to be delivered through a public private partnership, without compromising on intimacy of scale in the buildings and public spaces.
Ongoing involvement of the local community has ensured the project meets the community's vision; by leveraging their passion and expertise they have championed the project.
Award 5 - Great Plan
The K2K precinct covers the town centres of Kensington and Kingsford, on the strategically important Anzac Parade corridor in Eastern Sydney.
New approaches to consultation successfully broadened the public conversation about the future of the precinct, engaging the community to help develop the competition brief, and provide feedback on the entries.
This helped the community own the process to a much greater extent than traditional planning engagement practices.
The K2K competition was a highly successful and original precinct-planning process that was instrumental in generating a new conversation about the future of the precinct, encouraging new ideas within a framework of robust planning and community involvement.
'Activate Ku-ring-gai' is an ambitious program of urban renewal and transformation created and spearheaded by Ku-ring-gai Council.
The program includes the biggest urban development projects in the LGA's history. The aim is to revitalise the local centres of Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon, Pymble, Lindfield and Roseville.
The program involves community engagement and collaboration at multiple levels ranging from community and stakeholders, property industry, Councillors and State Government, and has garnered unrivalled support for the projects. Successful delivery of the projects will set a precedent for the design and delivery of community infrastructure in suburban centres within Greater Sydney.
The judges commended Council on the innovative approach to engagement which serves as a model for other centres.
Award 6 - The Chief Commissioner's Award for Research and Innovation
Sydney-wide complying development provisions for granny flats have been in place for eight years.
There has been exponential growth in the uptake of the complying development approval pathway.
This project models the lot size and zoning rules proposed in the November 2015 Missing Middle Discussion Paper to analyse how many lots in Sydney would hypothetically be eligible for multi-dwelling housing as complying development.
The findings point to higher eligibility in the outer suburban ring, as well as in the R2 residential zone across Sydney.
It highlights the importance of linking the complying development criteria to local zoning objectives and permissibility so that planners keep control over strategic planning for residential density. This research project is very timely. There is good use and presentation of data and this very valuable research is a significant contribution to the ongoing planning for future housing.
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