Residents in Sydney have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a say in the planning of their community.

The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) is asking for your input. The GSC’s role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of Greater Sydney. Their aim is to lead and guide the planning for development, transport and housing so that Greater Sydney will be a productive, livable and sustainable city for all.

This is not business as usual. The GSC are an independent organization, designed to serve the public interest, which under the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015, has a direct line to NSW government and sits over local councils.

With the region becoming home to over 1.6 million more people over the next 20 years, the GSC are bringing together the community, interest groups, business, government and councils to shape how our community will look in the future.

“The Commission is an unprecedented opportunity to lead dialogue on the economic, social and environmental future of Sydney. The Commission has the capacity, through strategic planning and development decisions, to achieve world class metropolitan planning for Sydney. As we grow, the Commission will help to ensure that we experience ongoing improvement in productivity, livability and environment quality”. Said Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning.

The draft District Plans and Towards Our Greater Sydney 2056 are on public exhibition now until the end of March 2017. The GSC is seeking submissions from the community on these plans. Don’t be complacent now and then complain later.

Start the process by finding out which District you are in at www. greater.sydney/my-district

You can make a submission by going to www.greater.sydney/haveyour- say

There are 3 types of online submissions:

  1. A quick submission – Rate different questions asked on the survey and provide comments.
  2. An open submission – Enter your comments in the box provided and upload any attachments.
  3. A detailed submission – Answer and rate detailed questions the GSC has devised and provide comments where you think necessary.

Don’t forget this needs to be done by 31st March 2017.

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