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Academic year: 2023

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The Centers Guide will provide an overarching strategic framework for the planning and management of Shire centers and their development and growth until 2031. The Guidelines set out five key directions which give Council and stakeholders a clear strategy for protecting and managing Shire centers and meeting community needs. C1 Create vibrant centers that meet community needs. o Ensure planning and future development reinforces the hierarchy of centers within the Shire.

C5 Plan for centers in new areas. o To direct the development of new centers to meet the needs of the future population. Centers must accommodate the growing population and meet the changing needs of the wider community. Providing the right type of retail is provided in the right location at the right time to meet the needs of the community.

Community feedback provided in the preparation of the Hills 2026 Community Strategic Direction indicated the community's desire for good links to the centers and better public transport, as well as encouraging the growth of businesses. The community visioning process undertaken during the preparation of the Hills 2026 Community Strategic Direction explored the community's vision for the next twenty years.


The Draft Centers Guidance is broadly in line with the principles of the Planning Department's Draft Centers Policy. A key aspect of the Centers Policy Project is the Department's intention to undertake (in partnership with Councils and industry), a Spatial Supply and Demand Analysis (FSDA) for the various Council and sub-regional areas. The preparation of the Hills 2026 Community Strategic Direction involved an extensive community visioning and consultation process.

The development of a Centers Direction is an action of the Hills 2026 Delivery Program and supports the objective of 'Develop and deliver long-term planning strategies for the future of the Shire' in BUG 2.1 'Foster a connected community through coordinated residential developments'. THE HILLS SHIRE LOCAL STRATEGY The Local Strategy has been created as the primary document to communicate the future planning of the Shire and to guide future decision-making. The Local Strategy is the main document setting out the Council's response to state plans and strategies and implementing the key deliverables of the Hills 2026 Community Strategic Direction, within the context of land use planning in the Shire.

The Centers Direction replaces the 1997 Retail and Commercial Centers Study and is the new strategic direction for the planning and development of Shire's centres. A Retail Floorspace and Demand Analysis was completed in December 2008 by consultants Hill PDA Pty Ltd to inform the development of the Centers Direction.

Figure 2: Relevant Hills 2026 Themes
Figure 2: Relevant Hills 2026 Themes

Structure Plan


Stimulate a mix of businesses, shops, homes and community functions in the core of the centre. Appropriate diversity of small-scale retail functions to meet the daily needs of the local rural community. Land and uses within the 'B5 Business Development' zone should be characterized by features as set out in Figure 4 'The Hills Shire Centers Typology and Hierarchy'.

A vibrant center is one that meets the needs of the community it supports, especially retail needs. The high demand for additional retail is mainly focused on the centers of Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill which are centrally located for the majority of the LGA's population. Grocery store: provides the daily convenience needs of the surrounding community on a small scale.

Neighborhood centers are an important part of the overall hierarchy of centers in the Shire. Quantification of the level of unmet demand in the area for the proposed retail type;. Traffic management measures such as signalling, entry/exit and median barriers must be balanced with the needs of the community to access centres.

This is especially important for village and town centers that provide the community's weekly groceries. The timely provision of public transport is important to supporting the development and continued economic viability of Shire's centres. However, opportunities remain to improve pedestrian access, particularly to centers in the older established areas of the Shire.

A case study of the Castle Hill Main Street project, which incorporates many of these features, is set out earlier in the findings. Liaising with the business community to improve the retail mix to meet the needs of the community. A potential hub has been identified on the site of the future Hills Center Station in Castle Hill.

This center will provide up to 1,000m2 of retail floor space for use as cafes and restaurants and will serve the needs of the local community in terms of small-scale retail and community use. The Council will have the opportunity to monitor the success of the controls as the centers develop.

Figure 4: The Hills Shire Centres Typology and Hierarchy
Figure 4: The Hills Shire Centres Typology and Hierarchy

Key Directions

Sites used for retail purposes that are not located within a center identified in the Center Hierarchy must be zoned to match that of surrounding properties. As set out in the Findings, there is a current lack of specific types of retail, particularly in the central part of the Shire. The area of ​​land zoned in future centers such as those in the Box Hill Clearance Area should reflect the Centers Hierarchy.

The 'Urban Design Guidelines for Village Character Analysis' will be considered in the future assessment of Development Applications for villages/rural centres. Strategies such as promoting best practice in the design of retail developments and strengthening development control provisions relating to sustainable design of buildings and materials will be implemented to improve the sustainability of centres. Attention will also be paid to the need to improve road signage for bicycles near the centers.

As outlined in the findings, easy accessibility within centers is economically and socially important to the community, business owners and visitors to the Shire. Investigate funding sources for local public transportation infrastructure. to demand the provision of clearly signposted taxi ranks in centres. cycling to and from centres. a) Support the development and implementation of the Tracks and Trails strategy. Objective: To improve accessibility within centres. permeability and legibility of centers. a) Consider freedom of movement within centers in development assessment. to realize better signposting in large centers and city centres. to improve permeability and readability of centers. a) Promote the consolidation of sites to achieve integrated development within centers.

There are also opportunities to arrive at a coordinated and coherent design result for the redevelopment of centers together with entrepreneurs and property owners. The provision of new centers in the release areas of the Shire, Balmoral Road, North Kellyville and Box Hill, provides the opportunity to deliver a high quality built form that integrates with surrounding development and meets the needs of the community. Collaborate with the Planning Department in the planning of the new town center and community centers in the Box Hill Release Area.

Collaborate within the Council to achieve an integrated development assessment approach for new centers in the Balmoral Road Release Area. Work with landowners in the Balmoral Road Release Area to encourage the timely and cohesive development of planned community centers while recognizing the need for proactive action to deliver development. Conduct longer-term strategic planning for the potential downtown area on the site of the future Kellyville Station (Balmoral Road Release Area Transit Center).

Planning for new centers in the North Kellyville drop-off area is largely complete with the publication of the Centers of Growth Development Code and the Draft Kellyville North Development Control Plan. Council to provide an integrated approach to development assessment for new centers in the Balmoral Road Clearance Area.

Figure 8 Release Area Centre Typology
Figure 8 Release Area Centre Typology

Work to be Done

Monitoring & Review


One of the strategic directions that forms the basis of the key directions in the Local Strategy. ESD Ecologically sustainable development means the use, conservation and improvement of resources in such a way as to ensure that ecological processes are maintained and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be improved.iv. The part of eastern Sydney extending from Sydney Airport and Port Botany through Sydney City and North Sydney to Macquarie Park which provides Sydney's, NSW's and Australia's most valuable links to the global economy.iv.

The Development Code for Growth Centers was prepared by the Commission for Growth Centers to guide planning and urban design in the Northwest and Southwest Growth Centers.ii. Local Strategy The Local Strategy is the main document to communicate the future planning and growth of the Hills Shire up to the year 2031. The North West Growth Centre, comprising sixteen precincts, is approximately 10,000 hectares and will contain approximately 60,000 new homes in The Hills, Blacktown and Hawkesbury Councils.

Northwest Subregion The Northwest Subregion includes the local government areas of The Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, and Penrith.iv. Housing management One of the strategic directions that form the basis of the main directions in the Local Strategy. Strategy for rural areas Prepared as part of the study on rural areas and adopted by the Council in August 2003.

Section 117 Guidance Section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 gives the Minister for Planning the power to include specific guidance in local environmental plans.iv. A privately owned inner center located away from other commercial areas and having many of the characteristics of a town center but without housing or public open space.iv. Structure Plan The Structure Plan provides a graphical representation of the written text of the local strategy and illustrates where growth and change will occur.

Sustainability Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.iv. Direction of watercourses One of the strategic directions that are the basis of the key directions of the Local Strategy. Zoning Using a local environmental plan, zoning maps graphically show the use of different zones on specific areas of land.


Figure 1 Context of Centres Direction
Figure 2: Relevant Hills 2026 Themes
Figure 3 Context of Centres Direction
Figure 4: The Hills Shire Centres Typology and Hierarchy


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To achieve this, the key objectives of this assessment were as follows: Identification of Statutory requirements to be met by the study Review of relevant State and National Heritage