Development controls to build a sustainable Sydney

Homeowners and developers in the City of Sydney will have access to a single set of development guidelines governing everything from multi-storey apartments and office towers to carports, fence heights and home extensions.
The City of Sydney's draft Development Control Plan (DCP), to be considered by Council on October 18 for public exhibition, amalgamates 62 planning policies into one document.
City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said the draft Sydney DCP provides the convenience of a single point of reference for all developers whilst balancing the need for new and sustainable development.
She said the draft Sydney DCP was a practical 'how to' guide for development in the Council area.
“It's what every homeowner should refer to before lodging a Development Application, but it also encourages high sustainability targets for Sydney's future residential and commercial development sector consistent with our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan,” Ms Barone said.
"The draft Sydney DCP continues the majority of existing requirements, but importantly it now provides a consistent approach to development controls across the entire City of Sydney following local government boundary changes in 2003 and 2004." 
Proposed changes includes; new commercial development to activate city streets with small, retail outlets creating safer, more interesting streets and less blank walls; 75 percent of apartments to have balconies and the remaining to have smaller 'Juliet' balconies to increase private open space and sunlight; requirement that developments set aside more space for tree planting and landscaping; electricity usage in commercial development to be sub-metered to allow exact monitoring and billing for lights, air-conditioning and power
The changes also encouraged tall towers to be slender, with landmark features separated from other buildings to reduce overshadowing and create better design outcomes.
New residential and commercial development will include car share spaces and bicycle parking as well as the capacity to install charging stations for electric vehicles in the future.
The draft Sydney DCP was one part of the City Plan – an overarching planning framework which also includes the draft Sydney Local Environmental Plan.
Ms Barone said the City Plan will regulate development across the entire City of Sydney controlling what you can build and where, how high and how much.
The Draft City Plan will be subject to comprehensive community consultation and publicly exhibited for public and industry comment.

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