Mount Druitt MP Edmond Atalla believes Mount Druitt’s CBD could transform into a vibrant residential precinct if Blacktown Council’s vision for the area comes to fruition.
The council is seeking feedback on its Blacktown Local Environment Plan (LEP), which seeks to attract multistorey office and residential buildings and more retail spaces to the CBD.
It wants to rezone sections of the CBD to release 24 hectares of land between the boundary of Mount Druitt Hospital and Carlisle Avenue.
Underpinning the plan is a move to increase the maximum height in the CBD to 16 metres, in the hope that sparks the interest of developers.
“While the planning proposal removes the B3 Commercial Core zone from Mount Druitt, the job target set for Mount Druitt can still be achieved within the B4 Mixed Use zone, as it is forecasted that most of the jobs growth in Mount Druitt will occur in retail services or support office services,” the council’s most recent planning proposal said.
The proposal said expected population growth in western Sydney made it critical to increase the residential capacity of Mount Druitt.
A report into the future demand for residential and commercial development in Mount Druitt by Jones Lang LaSalle found “very little” current opportunities for grade office development.
The council resolved in July 2016 to prepare a planning proposal to rezone the area, as it was “the best means” to achieve its vision of creating a mixed-use centre in Mount Druitt “activated by [its] own residential populations”.
Mr Atalla said he is a strong supporter of the council’s plans and could see a time when restaurants and apartments were common in the CBD.
“Bringing people in will make the CBD a more vibrant place,” he said.
“This is where I think if we are going to bring more residents into the area, it’s a welcome strategy. I wouldn’t support that height [16 metres] in the suburbs.
“It will renew the city. I congratulate Blacktown Council on its plans and look forward to seeing its final proposal.”
Submissions to the BLEP close on September 20. Visit the council’s website to make a submission.