Marrickville Council undertook a major review of its planning controls in 2010 and 2011. The review aimed to ensure that the Marrickville local government area (LGA) remains a great place to live, work and visit.
The review of Marrickville Council's planning controls responded to the NSW State Government's planning reform program. The Marrickville Local Environment Plan (MLEP) 2011 is consistent with the Standard Instrument introduced by the State Government in March 2006.
The MLEP 2011 replaced the Marrickville LEP 2001, and the various Development Control Plans (DCP) which applied across the LGA were replaced by a single consolidated Marrickville DCP 2011. The new Plans affect all properties within the Marrickville LGA.
A number of studies were undertaken by Marrickville Council to assist in the preparation of the draft MLEP and draft MDCP. These are discussed below and each can be viewed by clicking on the links provided.
Council initiated the preparation of the Marrickville Urban Strategy (MUS) in late 2005, around the time at which the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy was released by the Department of Planning. The MUS was prepared by SGS Economics & Planning. The aims of the strategy were to investigate the key areas of:
The MUS was adopted by Council in April 2007 and provides the planning context for future development across the Marrickville LGA. It established a vision and co-ordinated directions addressing a range of planning, community and environmental issues. Many of the recommended actions within the MUS have been incorporated into the draft Marrickville LEP and DCP 2010.
A copy of the final version of the MUS that incorporates changes following the consultation sessions can be downloaded below:
The Marrickville Employment Lands Study (MELS) contributes to a more detailed understanding of future industrial land needs in the Marrickville LGA and was completed in April 2008. Council obtained funding for the study through the Department of Planning's Planning Reform Fund.
The need for the MELS became apparent during the preparation of the MUS when a lack of information on the types of businesses operating within Council's industrial zoned lands and the future retail, commercial and industrial land needs in the Marrickville LGA was identified.
The findings of the MELS, along with the draft South Subregional Strategy, Metropolitan Strategy and Marrickville Urban Strategy, and associated studies, have been used to inform the draft new planning controls.
A copy of the final report for the Marrickville Employment Lands Study can be downloaded below
The abovementioned 2008 Marrickville Employment Lands Study (MELS) was updated in 2014 to assist Council's consideration of proposals to rezone industrial areas across the LGA. The 2014 MELS was prepared by SGS Economics & Planning and funded by the Department of Planning & Environment's Planning Reform Fund. The study report is available here.
In 2015, as part of a planning proposal to rezone industrial land in the Victoria Road precinct, the proponents prepared an alternative employment strategy. The strategy is available here. Council commissioned SGS to review the 2014 MELS against this alternative strategy, and to update the MELS in light of the release of the 2014 Metropolitan Strategy – A Plan for Growing Sydney. The SGS review report is available here.
The Marrickville Village Centres Urban Design Study was undertaken to assist in the preparation of the draft MLEP and draft DCP 2010 in accordance with actions contained in the Metropolitan Strategy, draft South Subregional Strategy and Marrickville Urban Strategy. The study investigates opportunities for increased residential and commercial development within the catchments of seven of the Marrickville LGA's business centres. These areas were:
Owner briefing sessions were held in late February 2009 to inform property owners directly affected by the Study about the implications for their property. A further general briefing session was held in March 2009, which was presented to a cross section of people from the Marrickville LGA.
A copy of the final version of the Marrickville Village Centres Urban Design Study, incorporating changes following the consultation sessions, can be downloaded below:
St Peters was identified in the MUS as an investigation area for the redevelopment of industrial land into a new village centre, containing new employment and residential development, with increased housing and workspace choice; improved access to shops, services and transport; and public domain improvements. However, it was acknowledged that the area would require initial investigation and then comprehensive master planning to understand its potential capacity for housing and employment.
The masterplan was prepared for the St Peters 'triangle' by Hassell Limited in 2009 to provide a clear direction for the precinct in terms of movement, form and land uses. Briefing sessions were held in April 2009 for landowners in the area and for key government agencies and service providers.
Under the masterplan, the area is to be a mixed use precinct, with a focus on employment uses, combined with housing and supporting commercial uses. It is anticipated that the precinct will predominantly include urban support services and light industry including creative industries and live/work opportunities.
Detailed urban design and other development controls for the precinct have been incorporated into the MLEP 2011 and MDCP 2011 (refer to Part 9 of the DCP) to shape the desired outcomes for the area.
A copy of the final version of the St Peters Precinct Masterplan can be downloaded below:
The McGill Street precinct was identified in the MUS and draft South Subregional Strategy as an area that could undergo renewal and change from a predominately light industrial area to a new mixed use area. The precinct is located in Lewisham and is bounded by Old Canterbury Road to the east and south, Hawthorne Canal and the Rozelle Goods Line to the west and Longport Street to the north.
Council has adopted a masterplan for the McGill Street Precinct and includes detailed urban design and development controls which have been incorporated into the MLEP 2011 and MDCP 2011.
The aim of the masterplan was to advance the directions of the MUS through the preparation of a plan which ensures that future development in the precinct is planned cohesively.
In developing the masterplan, Council invited submissions from the community the key issues regarding future redevelopment within the precinct. In addition, land owners in the precinct and the community were invited to an open day before the masterplan was finalised.
The masterplan establishes controls to promote the transformation of the precinct from an industrial area to a predominately residential precinct with small scale commercial and retail uses that serve the local community and provide local employment opportunities. A new public park is a key element of the masterplan providing meeting and recreational space while opening up the precinct and providing clear access to the GreenWay and a future light rail station.
A mix of dwellings including affordable housing is proposed to increase housing choice in close proximity to the public transport network. Live/work opportunities will provide for creative and professional uses at ground floor along key streets to activate the area and increase overlooking of public areas.
Critical to the functioning of the precinct and surrounding road network will be pedestrian, bicycle and traffic management. A new road is proposed into the precinct running along the northern border of the public park. A new access (shared zone) road is also proposed along the future GreenWay to provide a street frontage to this corridor. The existing street network has been extended to connect with streets in the precinct and to improve movement through the area.
Note: A Part 3A Major Projects application/proposal has been made to the Department of Planning for 78-90 Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham comprising a large portion of the precinct. An Environmental Assessment has been lodged with the Department of Planning however, the current concept plan does not conform with Council's masterplan for the area.
A copy of the final version of the McGill Street Precinct Masterplan and supporting Transport Analysis Report can be downloaded below:
The relevant development controls can be found in Part 9 of the Marrickville DCP 2010.
The following submissions have been evaluated in the development of the draft Plans. These sites were identified as having the potential for change through the MUS and other planning strategies that informed the development of the draft LEP. New zones and controls have been introduced into the MLEP 2011 for these sites and further detail is included in Part 9 of the DCP:
Copies of these documents are available for viewing on request from Marrickville Council's Planning Services section.
Since Council adopted a preliminary draft LEP in September 2009 additional submissions have been received by Council. These submissions and those received during public exhibition of the draft Plans will be considered and reported back to Council after the close of the public exhibition.
The MLEP 2001 contained two Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs), the Abergeldie Estate HCA in Dulwich Hill and the King Street/Enmore Road HCA in Newtown/Enmore, which were retained in the Marrickville LEP 2011.
In addition, there were 23 areas referred to in the Marrickville LEP 2001 as the "Marrickville Local Environmental Plan No. 111 (Amendment No. 1) areas". These areas have statutory weight under clause 55 of the MLEP 2001 which states that Council "is to have regard to the effect of carrying out the proposed development on the heritage significance of buildings situated on land within the area" and specifies what Council must assess in applications applying to properties in these areas.
The NSW Department of Planning advised Council that the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan No. 111 (Amendment No. 1) areas and clause 55 could not be carried into the new MLEP. As a consequence, Council commissioned a review to establish a set of new HCAs for the draft MLEP.
Council undertook a review of heritage controls and heritage listings as part of the development of the draft MLEP and DCP. Heritage consultancy firm Paul Davies Pty Ltd was engaged in 2008 to assess a number of review proposed new Heritage Items and to review existing heritage areas for the draft MLEP.
The reports recommended the creation of 33 new HCAs and the addition of over 100 new Heritage Items in the draft MLEP. The Heritage Conservation Area 2009 report identifies contributory elements within each HCA which should be retained, enhanced or re-instated. The identification of these key elements will assist in creating an understanding of the heritage significance of each HCA and acts as a guide for their future management.
The background reports can be viewed at:
Part 8 of the Marrickville DCP 2011 contains detailed information and controls for these items and areas which comprise both residential and retail areas.
Following advice from the Department of Planning the areas currently subject to clause 55 of the Marrickville LEP 2001 were reviewed. The review undertaken by Paul Davies Pty Ltd identified HCA boundaries which are documented in the Heritage Conservation Areas - Review Report Volume 1 and 2.
The extent of the new proposed HCAs and the No. 111 (Amendment No. 1) areas in the MLEP 2001 is shown on the following map:
The heritage review methodology, the report and proposed controls were examined and supported by the Department of Planning.
The Heritage Conservation Areas report identifies three new commercial areas - Dulwich Hill, Petersham and Parramatta Road (part) as HCAs. Dulwich Hill and Petersham were also investigated as part of the Village Centres Urban Design Study which provides new controls for buildings in these centres.
To ensure development respects the identified heritage values in the HCAs a range of planning controls have been developed to ensure the retention of identified significant elements while still allowing for change within these areas. This will ensure the heritage values of the HCAs are retained and/or enhanced while still allowing for development and change to occur.
The draft Plans allowed for the demolition of non-contributory buildings in the HCAs in the Dulwich Hill and Petersham centres and permit new development of up to four storeys in height. Development involving identified contributory buildings will require retention of the front bay and new development to be placed at the rear of the building to a height of three or four storeys depending on lot size. With the retention of the front bay the additional height will be set back reducing any impact on the streetscape. Guidelines to encourage the retention and re-instatement of contributory elements are provided in the Marrickville DCP 2011.
It is intended that the planning controls will result in careful and sensitive design of infill development which complements the HCA, rather than competes with its identified heritage values.
The floor space ratios (FSR) proposed for contributory buildings are lower than that for new infill buildings to account for the different development yields. To reduce the pressure to demolish and attain the higher FSR, contributory buildings have been identified in the Marrickville DCP 2011.
Council officers reviewed the findings and recommendations of the Australian Museum Business Services Aboriginal Site Survey of the Cooks River, Marrickville, prepared in 2001, for possible inclusion in the draft MLEP.
In accordance with the determination of the Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee (MACC) Aboriginal Heritage Items were not listed in the draft MLEP. However, these sites will be held in Council's confidential database and the potential impacts of development adjoining or on the site will be considered on a case by case basis.