A city for people
Planning Priority S1
Providing services and social infrastructure to meet people's changing needs
Planning Priority S2
Fostering healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities
Liveability is about people's quality of life. Maintaining and improving liveability requires housing, infrastructure and services that meet people's needs, and the provision of a range of housing types in the right locations with measures to improve affordability. This enables people to stay in their neighbourhoods and communities as they transition through life.
Improving liveability is about and renewing great places, neighbourhoods and centres. This requires place-based planning and design excellence that builds on local strengths and focuses on public places and open spaces.
The South District is a place of variety and contrast, from the leafy neighbourhoods of Yowie Bay and East Heathcote to the diverse urban areas of Hurstville, Canterbury and Bankstown in the north.
The District's distinct neighbourhoods are close to bushland, beaches, the Royal National Park, and the Cooks, Georges and Port Hacking rivers. Many residents take advantage of the District's outdoor, sporting and recreational opportunities. Street life is also an important part of the District at vibrant places such as Campsie, Cronulla, Engadine, Hurstville, Peakhurst, Riverwood, Earlwood, Canterbury and Bankstown.
As the District's overall population of around 740,000 people grows, it is also ageing. By 2036, the number of residents over 65 is expected to grow by 61 per cent (or an additional 68,650 people). The number of single-person households is expected to rise by 46 per cent, although couples with children are expected to remain the dominant household type. The number of children aged 0-4 years is also projected to grow by 17 per cent or 9,300 children. This means, there will be comparatively fewer working age people (24-64 years) living in the District (refer to Planning Priority E6).
Together with overall population growth of around 204,000 (2016-2036), these demographic changes mean that an additional 83,500 homes will be required across the District by 2036. New homes in the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor will benefit from Sydney Metro City & Southwest. New homes will also be concentrated around centres with good transport connections.
Great places are walkable - this means they are designed, built and managed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle for leisure, transport or exercise. This requires fine grain urban form and land use mix at the heart of neighbourhoods. Places that demonstrate these characteristics promote healthy, active lifestyles an social interaction and can better support the arts, creativity, cultural expression and innovation.
The 30-minute city aspiration will guide decisionmaking on locations for new jobs and housing and the prioritisation of transport, health, schools and social infrastructure investments. This will facilitat the co-location of infrastructure in metropolitan an strategic centres and more direct and convenient public transport to these places, so that people can access services and jobs.
A place-based and collaborative approach is require to maintain and enhance the liveability of the Sout District. This can be achieved by implementing the following Planning Priorities:
S3. Providing services and social infrastructure to meet people's changing needs
S4. Fostering healthy, creative, culturally rich and socially connected communities
S5. Providing housing supply, choice and affordability, with access to jobs services and public transport
S6. Creating and renewing great places and local centres, and respecting the District's heritage.