City of Parramatta Council is inviting the public to have their say on one of the City’s largest transformational projects, Civic Link, with the draft Development Control Plan (DCP) now on public exhibition.
The Civic Link will be a green, multi-purpose public corridor that runs through the middle of the CBD (along the existing Horwood Place alignment), from Parramatta Square to the Parramatta River. At almost half a kilometre long and 20 metres wide, it will connect major transport modes and key destinations in the CBD and will include wider footpaths, large shady trees, places for culture and events, and a network of public spaces.
“The Civic Link will play an important role in cementing Parramatta as Sydney’s Central City and will bring numerous benefits to those living, working and visiting our City,” said City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson.
“This project will ensure that, as Parramatta grows and evolves, there will be high-quality public spaces, community amenities, and cultural facilities, which will bring economic benefits to local businesses and landowners. Council understands the significance of this development for the community, which is why we are encouraging people to view the draft DCP and provide their feedback.”
“We are committed to working closely with the community, landowners and key stakeholders on the design and delivery of this significant project.”
The public expressed its support for the 2017 Framework Plan, which was then fully endorsed by Council. The draft DCP is the next step in delivering this key project and will guide the redevelopment of the sites along the Civic Link. It also identifies open spaces, streets, laneways and access to buildings, and outlines how future development could work.
Landowners will remain in control of their land, and the DCP will only apply if and when landowners choose to develop their properties.
“The Civic Link is a 10-year plan that will be delivered in stages as the City grows and will ultimately provide an array of opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the heart of our beautiful City,” Cr Wilson said.
Hard copies of the draft DCP are available to view at Council’s Customer Service Centre (126 Church Street, Parramatta) and Parramatta Library (1-3 Fitzwilliam St, Parramatta). Interested parties are also invited to attend a drop-in session where they can talk to Council staff about the draft DCP and have their questions answered. Drop-in sessions will take place at Parramatta Town Hall, Centenary Square on Friday 3 May 12-2pm and Saturday 4 May 9-11am.
Submissions regarding the draft DCP will be received until 4.30pm Thursday 16 May 2019. All submissions will be considered before a final decision on the Draft Civic Link DCP is made.