Developing local planning narratives

Last Thursday, urban planners from councils across Sydney attended a workshop run jointly by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and the Greater Sydney Commission on preparing local strategic planning statements, to help implement the new Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, and district plans.

A local strategic planning statement is the legal term given to a document that sets out the council’s 20-year vision for land use in the local area, the special characteristics which contribute to local identity, the shared community values to be maintained and enhanced, and how growth and change will be managed into the future.

Gary White, pictured here, is the NSW Chief Planner. He encouraged planners to tell the story of the future of their areas by developing a brief narrative around planning priorities. These could be retaining important heritage buildings, developing town centres or protecting areas for active recreation.

Over the next 12 months, we will be working on drafting a local strategic planning statement for Mosman. It is envisaged that the end result will be a short narrative about the future land use in Mosman. It will be informed by Council’s community strategic plan, MOSPLAN 2018-2028, and community consultation. Further details will be posted online over the coming months.