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Metropolitan context of the North District

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A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience

A Metropolis of Three Cities the region plan for Greater Sydney is built on a vision of three cities where most residents live within 30 minutes of their jobs, education and health facilities, services and great places - Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City. This vision seeks to rebalance the economic and social opportunities and deliver a more equal and equitable Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney's three cities reach across five districts: Western City District, Central City District, Eastern City District, North District and South District.

The North District forms a large part of the Eastern Harbour City, and its economy leans to the Harbour CBD, which is the North District's metropolitan centre. The Harbour CBD includes North Sydney and contains half a million jobs, making it the largest office market in the region.

The District's strategic centres of Macquarie Park, Chatswood and St Leonards are part of the State's greatest economic asset - the Eastern Economic Corridor - which contributed two-thirds of NSW's economic growth in the 2015-16 financial year.

Frenchs Forest is an emerging strategic centre focused on growing jobs around the Northern Beaches Hospital.

Road and rail investments such as the Sydney Metro Northwest, Sydney Metro City & Southwest and Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link will provide faster access to the Harbour CBD to bolster business and jobs growth.

A stylised map depicting the metropolis of three cities of: the Western Parkland City made up of the metropolitan city cluster of Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Campbelltown-Macarthur, and Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis; the Central R
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Infrastructure and collaboration

Major transport and health investments are underway across the District with the improved Northern Beaches B-Line services, Sydney Metro Northwest, and Sydney Metro City & Southwest set to improve services to North Sydney and Macquarie Park.

Collaboration approaches are being undertaken in health and education precincts at St Leonards, Macquarie Park and Frenchs Forest.


The North District will continue to grow over the next 20 years with demand for an additional 92,000 dwellings. This will be provided through urban renewal, around new and existing infrastructure, land release and infill developments.

The focus of growth will be on wellconnected walkable places that build on local strengths and focus on quality public places.


Investments leading to the intensification of health and education facilities, growth of the office market and in tourism will underpin the District's economy.

Industrial and urban services land will be retained, and a transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing and innovative industries will increase local jobs.


An integrated approach to green infrastructure - the coast and waterways, bushland, urban tree canopy and green ground cover, parks and open spaces - will improve sustainability.

The Greater Sydney Green Grid will provide cool, green links to support waking, cycling and community access to open space.