Friday, February 23, 2024

Hornsby town plan boasts 4,900+ new homes

Hornsby Shire Council has resolved to adopt its Hornsby Town Centre Masterplan – sealing Council’s commitment to long-term future housing provision with plans for close to 5,000 new homes, while also protecting the character of the Bushland Shire. 

The Hornsby Town Centre Masterplan “promotes a redefinition of the Town Centre skyline” by providing opportunities for over 4,900 new dwellings in slender residential towers, varying in height up to 36 storeys and clustered around the train station and mall.

Also facilitating up to 4,500 new jobs in the precinct, the plan encourages revitalisation of the Town Centre with new open spaces reflective of the Shire’s bushland identity, a new multi-purpose community facility along with pedestrian and cycling networks and enhanced public transport access, the Council said in a statement.

At this week’s meeting, Council received a report on submissions from the public exhibition of the draft Masterplan, detailing comments from 496 stakeholders including State Agencies, gathered digitally and at a series of nine face-to-face drop-in engagement sessions facilitated by Council.

In response to feedback, the Masterplan was adopted with several amendments that address feasibility and amenity concerns. 

Mayor, Philip Ruddock AO says he was delighted to witness such a milestone in the shaping of Hornsby Shire’s future.

“Sydney’s population is growing, and it is no surprise to us that Hornsby’s convenient distance from the Sydney CBD highlights it on the map when examining future housing needs for this city,” he said.

“I’m immensely proud of our Council to have finalised this Masterplan to meet our housing targets with design excellence and sustainability. I’m also buoyed by the commitment made to the necessary supporting infrastructure in the area.

“We’re proud to see Hornsby Shire planning to provide not only housing and transport but the necessary amenity and leisure space required by such growth in neighbouring LGAs as well as locally”. 

To view the submissions report and adopted Hornsby Town Centre Masterplan visit: https://yoursay.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/hornsby-town-centre-masterplan.

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