Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, has described the NSW Government’s announcement of the rezoning of land surrounding the new Bella Vista and Kellyville stations as a move that will provide certainty for Hills residents.
The zonings describe how the land around the stations can be used, how many new homes and apartments will be constructed and the number of jobs that will be created.
“We welcome the NSW Government’s commitment and vision, particularly their promise of additional open space,” Mayor Byrne said.
“We are glad that the planning has now been completed that will determine where the new communities will be located, and what can be built within these new zones.
“This will provide certainty to everyone in The Hills about where density will ultimately be concentrated – it’s always been Council’s vision to locate density around transport and town centres while preserving the overall character of the Shire.
“Council’s role will be to make sure the delivery of the community facilities and public domain for each new area is done and importantly, we will be ensuring the Government stays on track and remains accountable for the essential infrastructure they have promised to deliver,” she said.
Mayor Byrne said a key concern for the zones is that much of the development will be made by the newly-introduced Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels.
“Unfortunately, nearly all of the Development Applications for the new Kellyville and Bella Vista precincts will be determined by panels comprised of people who are not elected representatives, do not live here and do not understand the nuances of our region,” she said.
“This is a real threat – but residents can rest assured that Council will continue to advocate strongly for local representation and local input.
“I now look forward to the much-awaited announcement of the zoning around Showground Station soon.
“It’s time we settle the planning and start delivering sustainable, vibrant precincts over the next 20 to 25 years,” Mayor Byrne added.