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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
RED CARPE FOR OUR 125TH Search for new homes But will the only way be up? PROPERTY SPECIAL Firms face rental stress over office space PAGE 18 INSIDE BUSINESS Mentoring program ends in success PAGE 16 Strath eld's building densities may be increased and areas re-zoned to meet an expected population growth. Council o cials are currently reviewing the planning controls across the municipality in readiness for the next phase of the Local Environmental Plan, which will be on exhibition. e moves come in response to a NSW Planning Department directive to build 8,300 new dwellings by 2031. Council has already identi ed approximately half this number through its current planning controls, with land in Parrama a Road and Liverpool Road earmarked for urban renewal and medium-density construction. SEE PAGE 7 e new plan is being drawn up to deal with projected population gures that will take Strath eld from 35,000 to 50,000 by 2036, and is part of a major planning operation to meet future needs for the municipality. A new Development Control Plan will be posted on the council's website shortly, proposing infrastructural changes to meet the social and recreational needs of residents. It will outline the preser vation and improvement of parkland, additional community facilities, a new multimillion-dollar tness centre and transport and road tra c needs. Deputy Mayor and planning commi ee chair Keith Kwon, who declined to con rm details because it could give a commercial advantage, said: "We will do our best to accommodate the targets. ere are certain areas that may be primed for development." e Strath eld housing plan is in response to the State Government's Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031. A council spokesman said: " We're reviewing all our current controls, such as zonings, heights, permissible uses and reviewing all sites in Strath eld for oor-space ratio in order to bring our planning controls up to date and in line with the department's new statewide planning controls." He said the majority of additional dwellings potentially would be in the north of the municipality, such as along Parrama a Road, where existing controls are already encouraging urban consolidation of old sites, such as former car yards, to be updated to mixed-use and multi-unit residential developments. A shortage of land banks and the need to preserve green space will see urban consolidation. A council spokesman said: "Potentially in some areas, buildings will go higher -- but we won't know exactly until we nish our review." Crowds at an auction in Strath eld where many bidders are a common sight. By Ma Khoury OUR PLANNING DILEMMA PAGES 8-9 www.ourstrathfield.com.au • JUNE 2010 FREE where your voice matters