Rezoning set to transform Liverpool CBD
Liverpool’s city centre will be completely revitalised as part of a collaboration between the NSW Government and Liverpool City Council, which will see up to 10,000 new homes built and more than 22,000 new jobs created.
The rezoning of 25 hectares in the heart of Liverpool will reinvigorate the CBD and allow the construction of multi-purpose buildings that could include cafes, bars and restaurants, retail, child care, office space and residential use.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said changes to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) "will open the door for Liverpool to fulfil its potential as the next significant city centre in Sydney.”
Mr Roberts said the NSW Government has worked together with Liverpool City Council and the local community to ensure a new and improved neighbourhood was built with a mix of new housing and businesses to benefit the local area.
“Liverpool’s transformation has the potential to be enjoyed by locals and international visitors, with the city centre being on the doorstep of the future Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Roberts said.
“The rezoning enables increased building heights for selected key sites and will ensure people have easy access to public transport, the city campuses of both Western Sydney University and University of Wollongong and Liverpool Hospital’s $740 million redevelopment.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said that over the past 18 months, Council officers have spoken to more than 10 developers about projects worth up to $1 billion.
“There’s no doubt the development of Western Sydney Airport in our LGA has attracted a lot of attention on Liverpool. We are strategically positioned as the key regional centre of the Western Parklands City. Under the City Deal we are helping lay the foundations for the creation of a thriving Western City of 1.5 million residents within 20 years.”
“Our city has great bones. We are built on the same plan as Melbourne’s city centre and now we are going to add to that the very best in contemporary urban design.”
Council’s plans to rejuvenate the Liverpool CBD will see improvements to pedestrian and cycle paths throughout the city to enhance access to the Georges River. A key focus will be allocating green grids and preserving open space community areas with enhanced walkway connections through the city.
Cr Waller said the new plan will encourage the commercial heart of the city to grow, while at the same time creating a walkable and active street life for people of all ages and abilities.
Liverpool City Council prepared a planning proposal to rezone the town centre and, following a Gateway determination by the Department, exhibited the plans. In response to submissions received, Council provided further clarity and more certainty to the public about what to expect for the future of Liverpool.
Council will next consider development applications.