Opinion column with Parramatta Mayor Scott Lloyd

Parramatta mayor Scott Lloyd.

Parramatta mayor Scott Lloyd.

A new development plan for Parramatta’s northern fringe aims to create 4100 high-rise dwellings, 4000 jobs as well as 3000 construction-period jobs, 4000 square metres of retail space and another 34,000 square metres of mainly commercial floor space — which has potential to boost the economy throughout western Sydney. Parramatta mayor Scott Lloyd writes about what the changes mean.

It's an exciting time to be mayor of Parramatta as we plan the future of our great city.

In recent months, there have been several initiatives to help guide our longer-term growth and development.

The Parramatta North Urban Renewal project will breathe new life into our CBD's northern fringe.

Our council has been working with the NSW government to develop this innovative plan, which will provide housing and jobs while ensuring the area's valuable heritage is well protected or future generations to enjoy.

Our CBD is set for continuing strong growth as we attract new businesses and jobs.

We have recently consulted the community on our draft city planning framework, which proposes new planning controls including no height limits on buildings, higher densities and an enlarged commercial core.

Our vision is for a compact CBD with tall, slender buildings to allow natural sunlight and innovative uses of public spaces.

We are also seeking to upgrade the southern edge of the CBD with our strategy for Auto Alley.

A development application has recently been lodged for a $600 million commercial and residential development on the site of a former car dealership.

If approved, this project will spearhead our plans to create a new office precinct with potential to accommodate up to 26,000 workers and 6000 residents.

In other welcome news for our city's residents and businesses, planning for the new Western Sydney Light Rail Network is progressing with a $1 billion commitment from the NSW government and the shortlisting of four routes.

We need modern and innovative infrastructure such as light rail to support our growth and help put Parramatta on the map as Australia's next great city.

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