A well-connected city
Planning Priority N12
Delivering integrated land use and transport planning and a 30-minute city
Planning Priority N14
Leveraging inter-regional transport connections
The vision for Greater Sydney as A Metropolis of Three Cities - the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City - seeks to deliver a more productive region. This will be achieved by driving opportunities for investment, business and jobs growth; supporting economic diversity; supporting internationally competitive industry sectors; and rebalancing the region's eastern economic focus so that all three cities benefit from growth.
The urban structure to support a metropolis of three cities needs to ensure people have access to a large number and range of jobs and services delivering a well-connected city - a 30-minute city.
A well-connected Greater Sydney will contribute to productivity by improving efficiency in supply chains and reducing business costs; increasing access to markets; enhancing access to large numbers of skilled workers; and enhancing business-to-business interactions.
Metropolitan and strategic centres provide 50 per cent of all Greater Sydney's jobs and therefore play a significant role in providing jobs close to home. When larger local centres are considered, this increases to 68 per cent. Facilitating the growth of new metropolitan strategic and local centres will be an important outcome in growing jobs.
The North District forms a large part of the Eastern Harbour City and its economy is focused on the Harbour CBD which includes North Sydney as well as the strategic centres within the Eastern Economic Corridor, including St Leonards, Chatswood and Macquarie Park. The District is supported by Hornsby and the population-driven economy of the Northern Beaches (refer to Figures 14 and 15).
Efficient transport connections, and safe and convenient walking and cycling routes create a 30-minute city. This is where most people can travel to their nearest metropolitan city centre by public transport within 30 minutes; and where everyone can travel to their nearest strategic centre by public transport seven days a week to access jobs, shops and services.
Sydney Metro will provide faster transport connections which will bolster the influx of businesses to the North District and boost employment growth.
The North District has a high proportion of knowledge and professional services jobs, and health and education jobs, compared to the Greater Sydney average. These fast-growing employment sectors are the biggest contributors to economic growth in the District and foster innovation which drives global competitiveness.
Job targets for strategic centres will guide councils and State agencies to the potential scale of growth and inform land use and infrastructure planning.
Figure 15: North District job density
Intensification of health and education facilities and ancillary businesses will occur at Macquarie Park, Frenchs Forest (to support the Northern Beaches Hospital) and St Leonards, which have all been identified as health and education precincts. Macquarie Park is the largest non-CBD office market in Australia and is set to become Australia's fourth largest commercial precinct by 2030.
The transition from traditional industrial to advanced manufacturing and innovation industries will further boost productivity for the District and Greater Sydney. With the North District having the least amount of industrial and urban services land to accommodate these activities, it is critical to maintain this land and provide important services and jobs for the District.
Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy, with domestic and international tourists visiting its coast and Harbour beaches, national parks, sites such as West Head, Taronga Zoo and Luna Park, and retail centres such as Chatswood.
For the North District, improving productivity can be achieved by the following Planning Priorities:
N7. Growing a stronger and more competitive Harbour CBD.
N8. Eastern Economic Corridor is better connected and more competitive.
N9. Growing and investing in health and education precincts.
N10. Growing investment, business opportunities and jobs in strategic centres.
N11. Retaining and managing industrial and urban services land.
N12. Delivering integrated land use and transport planning and a 30-minute city
N13. Supporting growth of targeted industry sectors.
N14. Leveraging inter-regional transport connections.