I am delighted to present the North District Plan, which sets out planning priorities and actions for improving the quality of life for residents as the District grows and changes.
The Plan recognises what the Greater Sydney Commission has heard - the North District has outstanding natural assets, including wonderful beaches and bushland, on the edges of a growing district, and that its residents have access to thriving centres, giving the District an enviable mix of lifestyles.
This Plan complements those natural and built assets, and it puts people first. It considers major infrastructure investments and the transport, infrastructure, services, affordable housing and open spaces that will be required as the population grows and the demographics change.
The Plan acknowledges great places bring people together. It respects and creates the conditions for the wellbeing of communities, and for the celebration of culture, heritage and creative pursuits.
It protects the environmental sustainability of the landscape with strategies that enhance waterways, bushland, biodiversity and green open spaces.
Collaboration is the key to transparent and informed decision-making on our city's future growth. The Greater Sydney Commission will continue to bring together all parties with an interest in the District's future and channel the collective energy into improved planning outcomes.
By taking a leadership role, we are bringing together public resources and expertise to create a more liveable, productive and sustainable city.
Finally, on behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission, I acknowledge the important work of councils whose submissions and feedback on the needs of their neighbourhoods and centres have been invaluable. Together with the community and other stakeholders, your expertise and interest have helped to produce an inspiring and practical plan.