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Plans for new growing community in Danks Street

Sydneysiders can have their say on the redevelopment of a thriving food, arts, and residential district in Waterloo, just moments away from the Green Square town centre and transport connections.

The City of Sydney has invited community feedback on draft planning controls to guide future redevelopment of the Danks Street South precinct in Waterloo, bound by Danks, Bourke, McEvoy, and Morehead streets.

“Danks Street is already a lively, creative community and a popular food and arts destination,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Redeveloping sites to the south of Danks Street has the potential to increase housing supply, including affordable housing for key workers, as well as creating new community facilities, and vital open space.

“New commercial and retail space could create more jobs in the area and mixed use zoning will allow for new childcare facilities to be built.”

The redevelopment is likely to take 10 to 15 years to complete and has the potential to accommodate up to 2,500 residents.

The draft planning controls, currently on exhibition, will define the location and scale of new residential apartments, parks and open space, local roads, and walking and cycling connections.

The planning proposal allows for:

  • around 1,275 new homes, including affordable rental housing for key workers
  • two new public parks providing more than 5,460 square metres of open space
  • a new public plaza up to 1,500 square metres, integrating heritage-listed buildings
  • new local streets with shared zones that prioritise walking and cycling.

The draft planning controls seek to amend the maximum building heights to a predominant building height of four to six storeys.

Two towers of 16 to 20 storeys would also be permissible under the proposal.

Future residents will have access to a range of transport options, including buses, walking, and cycling connections north to the city centre and south to the airport along Bourke Street.

Green Square train station is just 850 metres from the precinct and the future Waterloo metro station will be around 1.4 kilometres away.

Residents will also have access to new community facilities and services in the Green Square town centre.

Local residents and businesses are invited to attend an information session to view the proposal, ask questions, and have their say.

The information session will run from 4pm to 7pm on 18 May 2017, outside Danks Street Plaza, Crystal Street, Waterloo.

You can also view the plans and give your feedback at sydneyyoursay.com.au until 30 May 2017.

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