Labor councilor Janelle McIntosh said the increased density would protect the rest of Hornsby Shire from further development: “By concentrating development around a major transport hub, it protects the character of our suburbs and bush county in general.”
McIntosh said the plan includes new community facilities, including performance and exhibition spaces, and improvements to the public realm “which is currently very fractured and has significant accessibility issues.”
“Hornsby is in desperate need of a coeducational high school and a town center of this size deserves to have the infrastructure in the state to support this level of development,” she said.
New South Wales Treasurer and Hornsby MP Matt Kean said he wanted Hornsby to be a “thriving metropolis” where people can gather with friends and family to dine and experience the culture.
“I am inclined to think Hornsby Council is working to create a space where people can share the things we love about the area, without unnecessary destruction of the environment that we all enjoy,” he said. he declares.
The plan is also backed by the Committee’s chief executive for Sydney, Gabriel Metcalf, who said it was a “great example” of how planning can adapt to growth while making a more livable town centre.
“The big decision here is to focus growth around the station, which is absolutely right,” he said.
“As everyone knows, Sydney is suffering from a housing shortage. No single project or plan can solve this problem, but it is an example of what we should be doing in many places.
Plans to build tall towers in Sydney suburbs such as Campsie, St Leonards and Edgecliff have been criticized by residents and local politicians concerned about overdevelopment and overcrowded schools, roads and hospitals.
Greens councilor Monika Ball called for tax reform rather than building more houses.
“We don’t need to build more houses to address housing shortages and affordability,” she said. “Instead, we need negative debt and reforms to capital gains tax and a tax on vacant properties.”
Ball said she would vote to put the plan on public display so the community could give feedback.
“We know that one of the main goals of the liberal state government is to increase revenue through overdevelopment,” she said.
“They have set councils like Hornsby Shire massive housing targets which must be met while thousands of existing flats sit empty.”
Ball said building regulations also needed urgent reform. “With a long list of dangerously substandard apartment construction identified in Sydney alone, all levels of government should seek to impose global best practice in materials, methods and efficiency,” he said. she declared.
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