Danks Street South precinct in Waterloo

Project update: September–October 2017

We recently met with Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW to discuss issues raised in submissions. It was agreed the City will undertake traffic surveys to better understand existing traffic conditions and how many people travel by car to work or university during the week and at weekends. The surveys will be undertaken after the spring school holidays.

We also met with Sydney Water to discuss access requirements to its 2 heritage-listed buildings that provide water to the eastern suburbs from Potts Hill.

Bus surveys

To understand the issues many people raised in submissions and to establish the current bus service capacity, we spent a morning observing how well the buses travelling north were servicing the area in the peak period. We monitored these bus stops:

  • Bourke Street at Powell Street
  • Bourke Street at McEvoy Street
  • Bourke Street opposite Lachlan Street
  • Bourke Street at Danks Street
  • Baptist Street at Zamia Street.

We found:

  • Buses run approximately every 2 to 3 minutes (though not to timetable) on all services.
  • The Bourke Street at Danks Street stop and the Baptist Street at Zamia Street stop were both particularly busy and some people were not able to board the first bus to arrive.
  • Anyone left behind was generally able to get on the following service, usually 2 to 3 minutes later.
  • The busiest times were generally from 7.30am to 8.15am.
  • Many people had to stand on the bus.

While this was not a formal survey or passenger count, it is useful information to inform our future discussions with Sydney Buses. Particularly around future capacity planning of services for the short to medium term.

Built form

We are still working through the built form issues. This is a complex process particularly on the former Sydney Water site where 16 and 20 storey towers are proposed. It will likely take some time before we can report back on this.

Correction

In our last update we stated it was an 8 minute walk to Green Square station and a 15 minute walk to Redfern station. The times were measured from the centre of the Danks Street South precinct, and were walking times of the project team.

We have now amended these times to reflect the standard average walking pace of 5 minutes for 400m and identified specific points of origin and destination. The amended details are shown in the July update below.

Project update: July 2017

We have reviewed all submissions and are developing further built form options in response to issues raised.

Many submissions raised the need for more public transport to meet current and future demand.

The City’s CEO has written to the Secretary of Transport for NSW requesting that the agencies work together to develop a plan that improves transport in the short to medium term. We will keep you updated on the progress of this work.

While the City is not responsible for public transport services, we can improve walking and cycling options on local streets.

From the corner of Lachlan and Bourke streets, Green Square station is a 12 minute walk. From the corner of Young and Danks streets, Redfern station is an 18 minute walk. Riding a bike from the corner of Lachlan and Bourke streets to Town Hall (corner of Druitt and George streets) takes around 18 minutes and is mostly along the separated Bourke Street cycleway.

You can request a map, free personalised route-finding advice, and book low cost cycling and bike maintenance courses at sydneycycleways.net. The City also holds regular events at Crystal Street with free bike tune ups and route-planning advice.

Encouraging 60 people to walk or ride is the equivalent of 1 full bus. Converting more trips to cycling and walking trips will help ease local congestion issues, while we continue to advocate for better public transport services.

We will continue to provide regular project updates on this page. For any specific questions, please email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Project update: June 2017

The formal exhibition period for the proposed planning controls has closed, however, the City is still waiting for submissions from some state government agencies.

We'd like to thank everyone who made a submission and all those who came to our drop-in session on 18 May 2017.

We have received a substantial amount of feedback, with over 220 submissions from the community.

The main issues that have been raised so far include:

  • significant concern over the heights of the 16 and 20-storey buildings on the former Sydney Water site (now owned by Dahua)
  • density of development and its impact on the character of Waterloo
  • the former Sydney Water site is heavily constrained - concern that because of these constraints the City appears to be 'compensating' the landowner to achieve its floor-space ratio
  • loss of amenity, sunlight and views
  • lack of public transport infrastructure - concern that redevelopment of the site will put further stress on public transport infrastructure which isn't meeting current demand
  • traffic and parking impacts.

We are still reviewing all submissions to establish what additional work is required. We will provide regular project updates on this page.

For any specific questions, please email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Exhibition details

The City of Sydney invited your feedback on a proposal to amend planning controls that will guide future development of the Danks Street South precinct in Waterloo. The site is bounded by Danks, Bourke, McEvoy and Morehead streets.

The draft planning controls define where new apartments, shops, parks, roads and walking and bike riding connections would be located. New development will complement the existing vibrant community in this area. The precinct is also close to the new community facilities in the Green Square town centre.

The proposal would allow for:

  • approximately 1,275 new homes, including affordable housing (potentially accommodation up to 2,500 residents
  • 2 public parks totalling 5,460 square metres
  • new local streets, including shared zones for people walking and riding
  • a plaza area that surrounds the heritage-listed buildings.

The proposal seeks to amend the maximum building heights in the precinct to mainly 4 to 6 storeys. It would also allow one 20-storey tower and one 16-storey tower. This proposal doesn’t change the existing zoning or floor-space ratio (density).

You can view all the information for this proposal in the document library, including a document providing an overview of the draft planning controls.

Next steps

After the exhibition, the City will consider all submissions and report the outcomes to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. If Council approves the planning proposal, it can amend the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 on behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission.

More information

For more information please contact John Davies, Specialist Planner on 02 9265 9333 or email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Project update: September–October 2017

We recently met with Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW to discuss issues raised in submissions. It was agreed the City will undertake traffic surveys to better understand existing traffic conditions and how many people travel by car to work or university during the week and at weekends. The surveys will be undertaken after the spring school holidays.

We also met with Sydney Water to discuss access requirements to its 2 heritage-listed buildings that provide water to the eastern suburbs from Potts Hill.

Bus surveys

To understand the issues many people raised in submissions and to establish the current bus service capacity, we spent a morning observing how well the buses travelling north were servicing the area in the peak period. We monitored these bus stops:

  • Bourke Street at Powell Street
  • Bourke Street at McEvoy Street
  • Bourke Street opposite Lachlan Street
  • Bourke Street at Danks Street
  • Baptist Street at Zamia Street.

We found:

  • Buses run approximately every 2 to 3 minutes (though not to timetable) on all services.
  • The Bourke Street at Danks Street stop and the Baptist Street at Zamia Street stop were both particularly busy and some people were not able to board the first bus to arrive.
  • Anyone left behind was generally able to get on the following service, usually 2 to 3 minutes later.
  • The busiest times were generally from 7.30am to 8.15am.
  • Many people had to stand on the bus.

While this was not a formal survey or passenger count, it is useful information to inform our future discussions with Sydney Buses. Particularly around future capacity planning of services for the short to medium term.

Built form

We are still working through the built form issues. This is a complex process particularly on the former Sydney Water site where 16 and 20 storey towers are proposed. It will likely take some time before we can report back on this.

Correction

In our last update we stated it was an 8 minute walk to Green Square station and a 15 minute walk to Redfern station. The times were measured from the centre of the Danks Street South precinct, and were walking times of the project team.

We have now amended these times to reflect the standard average walking pace of 5 minutes for 400m and identified specific points of origin and destination. The amended details are shown in the July update below.

Project update: July 2017

We have reviewed all submissions and are developing further built form options in response to issues raised.

Many submissions raised the need for more public transport to meet current and future demand.

The City’s CEO has written to the Secretary of Transport for NSW requesting that the agencies work together to develop a plan that improves transport in the short to medium term. We will keep you updated on the progress of this work.

While the City is not responsible for public transport services, we can improve walking and cycling options on local streets.

From the corner of Lachlan and Bourke streets, Green Square station is a 12 minute walk. From the corner of Young and Danks streets, Redfern station is an 18 minute walk. Riding a bike from the corner of Lachlan and Bourke streets to Town Hall (corner of Druitt and George streets) takes around 18 minutes and is mostly along the separated Bourke Street cycleway.

You can request a map, free personalised route-finding advice, and book low cost cycling and bike maintenance courses at sydneycycleways.net. The City also holds regular events at Crystal Street with free bike tune ups and route-planning advice.

Encouraging 60 people to walk or ride is the equivalent of 1 full bus. Converting more trips to cycling and walking trips will help ease local congestion issues, while we continue to advocate for better public transport services.

We will continue to provide regular project updates on this page. For any specific questions, please email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Project update: June 2017

The formal exhibition period for the proposed planning controls has closed, however, the City is still waiting for submissions from some state government agencies.

We'd like to thank everyone who made a submission and all those who came to our drop-in session on 18 May 2017.

We have received a substantial amount of feedback, with over 220 submissions from the community.

The main issues that have been raised so far include:

  • significant concern over the heights of the 16 and 20-storey buildings on the former Sydney Water site (now owned by Dahua)
  • density of development and its impact on the character of Waterloo
  • the former Sydney Water site is heavily constrained - concern that because of these constraints the City appears to be 'compensating' the landowner to achieve its floor-space ratio
  • loss of amenity, sunlight and views
  • lack of public transport infrastructure - concern that redevelopment of the site will put further stress on public transport infrastructure which isn't meeting current demand
  • traffic and parking impacts.

We are still reviewing all submissions to establish what additional work is required. We will provide regular project updates on this page.

For any specific questions, please email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Exhibition details

The City of Sydney invited your feedback on a proposal to amend planning controls that will guide future development of the Danks Street South precinct in Waterloo. The site is bounded by Danks, Bourke, McEvoy and Morehead streets.

The draft planning controls define where new apartments, shops, parks, roads and walking and bike riding connections would be located. New development will complement the existing vibrant community in this area. The precinct is also close to the new community facilities in the Green Square town centre.

The proposal would allow for:

  • approximately 1,275 new homes, including affordable housing (potentially accommodation up to 2,500 residents
  • 2 public parks totalling 5,460 square metres
  • new local streets, including shared zones for people walking and riding
  • a plaza area that surrounds the heritage-listed buildings.

The proposal seeks to amend the maximum building heights in the precinct to mainly 4 to 6 storeys. It would also allow one 20-storey tower and one 16-storey tower. This proposal doesn’t change the existing zoning or floor-space ratio (density).

You can view all the information for this proposal in the document library, including a document providing an overview of the draft planning controls.

Next steps

After the exhibition, the City will consider all submissions and report the outcomes to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. If Council approves the planning proposal, it can amend the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 on behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission.

More information

For more information please contact John Davies, Specialist Planner on 02 9265 9333 or email greensquare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au