The suburb of Frenchs Forest is set to become a Priority precinct, as announced by the NSW Government. This will involve more high density around the area of the Northern Beaches Hospital which is currently under construction & the expanded Wakehurst Parkway which is currently under construction along with Warringah Road.
Here is a run-down of some frequently asked questions which will help indicate the future direction of the Frenchs Forest priority precinct:
Why is this precinct of interest?
Identified in the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) draft Northern District Plan as a future health and education super-precinct, the new Northern Beaches Hospital provides a catalyst for growth in the area.
More detailed planning will be undertaken to build on the work undertaken by Council and potential opportunities associated with the recent announcement of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.
How will infrastructure be planned and funded?
With increased population and more housing, infrastructure and open space are needed. Councils deliver infrastructure such as local roads and parks which are funded by council rates or by developers.
When more significant state infrastructure, such as emergency services, schools, state and district roads, district open space and transport facilities are needed, the Planning Minister will consider declaring the precinct a Special Contribution Area.
This means infrastructure will be funded by developers through a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).
What are the benefits to the community?
Living and working near to public transport, shops and services makes life more convenient and enjoyable. Having a range of housing helps people live close to family and friends, no matter what their life stage.
Better coordination across government helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades is delivered to support community needs.
How can the community get involved?
We work closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders on a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct.
This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
Community consultation will build on the work undertaken by Council in preparing and exhibiting the draft structure plan for the precinct.
Information for this precinct was taken from the NSW Planning fact sheet.