It’s almost time for community feedback on the controversial Parramatta North Urban Transformation Project.
A Parramatta Council recommendation to put UrbanGrowth NSW’s draft development control plan (DCP) on public exhibition was adopted on Monday night.
The precinct was rezoned for 2800 units, 20,000 square metres of new commercial floor space, 4000 square metres of retail space, the preservation and adaptation of heritage buildings, new open space and a foreshore park.
North Parramatta Residents Action Group president Suzette Meade and National Trust of Australia Parramatta branch chairman Brian Powyer called on the council to defer the matter.
“A DCP that seeks to formalise the future development of a site of such scale and national importance should not under any circumstances be considered by the council while under an administrator. We request DCP changes be deferred until such time an elected council are returned to represent the concerns of the community,” Mrs Meade said.
Mr Powyer called for the archeological survey and the outcome regarding a possible national heritage listing for the Female Factory to be completed before plans proceed. “We still hold the position that development would impact adversely on the heritage listed buildings and their landscape,” he said.
“It is strongly argued that the proposed DCP not be released at this point as neither of the trust’s principles are fully met, thereby putting best practice at risk, limiting the heritage, community and commercial potential.”
The public exhibition period will be doubled to 56 days due to the significant community interest, volume of information and complexity of matters on the site.
Public drop-in sessions will increase from two to four.
“It would be prudent to not delay public exhibition,” council strategic outcomes director Sue Weatherley said.
Council administrator Amanda Chadwick agreed. “It’s time to have the conversation,” she said.
The DCP will go on public exhibition shortly.