Our City Centres
- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Penrith City Centre
Penrith Progression began as an initiative of Penrith City Council and the Penrith Business Alliance, to transform the City Centre and deliver jobs for the future. A process of collaborative discovery, it identified new economic, social and environmental drivers, addressed barriers to investment, and identified catalyst projects to revitalise the city.
Read more about Penrith New West and the Penrith Progression process.
Council worked with local businesses, residents and shoppers to gather information and make recommendations to improve the streets of the City Centre. These recommendations are captured by the Penrith City Centre Public Domain Masterplan Council adopted in June 2013.
Download the Penrith Public Domain Manual Council adopted in July 2015.
St Marys Town Centre
Council's adopted St Marys Town Centre Strategy (2006) (the Strategy) outlines a vision that identifies key steps to deliver a vital, viable, sustainable Town Centre:
- Imagining the future of the Town Centre in partnership with the community.
- Building community support.
- Achieving an ecologically sustainable centre.
- Creating friendly and attractive places and spaces.
- Creating a cultural/entertainment precinct.
- Making housing and mixed use developments a priority.
- Managing parking and improving access.
- Fostering economic investment.
- Achieving a quality built environment.
- Providing the right planning, development and implementation framework.
The directions set by the Strategy and subsequent St Marys Town Centre Masterplan (2007) are intended to create attractive, inviting and safe public places and spaces to encourage new mixed use and high density residential developments in and around the Town Centre. A mix of uses should attract pedestrians and increase activity to create a lively social environment and improve economic performance. A growing population and economic investment in the Centre has significant potential to increase its vitality and viability in the longer term.
The Strategy and Masterplan propose, among other things, a central town square, a new east-west road linking Charles Hackett Drive with Queen Street, and distinct entry gateways from the Western Rail Line and the Great Western Highway. These documents also recognise the importance of the existing shopping centres (Station Plaza and St Marys Village) and recommends they are expanded towards Queen Street. This potentially requires use of the public land between the shopping centres and Queen Street (Kokoda and Lang Parks and car parking).
The current planning controls for the Town Centre were set and adopted by Council and came into effect in 2010 as Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP 2010) and Penrith Development Control Plan 2014. These documents underpin the Strategy with a mixed use business zone (B4 Mixed Use) applying over all of the Town Centre. This zone permits a variety of commercial, retail and residential uses. The documents also control the future built form and urban design of the Town Centre.
In 2016, work will start on reviewing the planning controls to ensure they can continue to guide and manage contemporary development proposals in the Town Centre so the Strategy can be implemented.
This webpage will be updated when this work starts.
There is currently significant interest in developing sites in and around the Town Centre. These development proposals are generally consistent with the Strategy and include mixed use and high-density residential developments and the redevelopment of the 2 existing shopping centres.
The Town Centre needs to be prepared to allow Council to consider opportunities, including new developments, that deliver the Strategy. This requires the reclassification of certain public land from Community Land to Operational Land. The reclassification does not commit Council to the sale or development of that land, nor does it alienate the land from Council's ownership or prevent the current use of that land from continuing. Any change of use of the land would be a matter for later consideration by Council.
The reclassification process requires the amendment of LEP 2010 via a Planning Proposal. A Planning Proposal is a document that explains the intended effect of and provides justification for the proposed amendment. The content of the Planning Proposal is guided by a framework of legislation and practice notes published by NSW Planning and Environment.
A Planning Proposal was submitted to NSW Planning and Environment's Gateway Process (the mechanism for making and amending local environmental plans) on 29 April 2015. On 10 June 2015, NSW Planning and Environment issued a Gateway Determination allowing Council to publicly exhibit the Planning Proposal. The Planning Proposal was publicly exhibited between Monday 24 August and Monday 21 September 2015. Full details of the Planning Proposal, are available on Have Your Say.
At its meeting of 7 December 2015, Council resolved to defer its decision on the proposed reclassification of public land to allow for further engagement with stakeholders and the community in 2016. Please check back in coming weeks for information on Council's proposed engagement.
For the latest on this project, see our Queen Street Improvement news page. Council worked with local businesses, residents and shoppers to gather information and make recommendations about how to revitalise Queen Street. The recommendations are captured by the final Queen Street St Marys Streetscape Improvement Plan, adopted by Council in November 2013, which paves the way for improvements to revitalise Queen St, including future 'on the ground' works.
Download the Kingswood Public Domain Manual Council adopted in September 2014.