Featured image: Artist impression of Hornsby Town Centre and new dwellings. Image courtesy of Hornsby Shire Council

Hornsby Shire Council has committed to developing 4,900 new dwellings to meet the New South Wales Government mandated dwelling targets, and as part of the council’s Town Centre Masterplan, helping to seal its commitment to long-term future housing provisions whilst protecting the character of the shire. 

According to Council, 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. 

During a Council meeting held on 8 November, 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. 

Hornsby Shire Mayor, Philip Ruddock, said he is 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,” Mayor Ruddock 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

Featured image: Artist impression of Hornsby Town Centre and new dwellings. Image courtesy of Hornsby Shire Council

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