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An Open and Creative City: planning for culture and the night-time economy

Thank you for your interest in Open and Creative Sydney.

We’re reviewing the submissions and survey responses and will use that information to prepare draft planning controls.

We’ll report draft controls and the outcomes of the consultation to Council in mid-2018 and ask approval for further consultation.

If you’d like to speak with someone in the project team please contact:

Benjamin Pechey
Manager Planning Policy
Strategic Planning & Urban Design

If you would like to stay informed about this project, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Our new discussion paper aims to strengthen Sydney's cultural life, boost the night-time economy and support the live music and performance scene.

We are proposing to make it easier for businesses to trade later, encourage small-scale cultural events and activities across the city, and balance the impacts of live music and performance venues on local neighbourhoods.

The proposals include:

  • retailers on the city's main streets staying open until 10pm without needing to apply for extended trading hours
  • shops being used for small-scale cultural uses such as theatre groups for small performances
  • greater certainty for both live music and performance venues and residents when managing entertainment noise.

The proposals being considered have been developed from actions in the City's OPEN Sydney strategy and action plan (PDF 1.42 MB), Creative City cultural policy and action plan (PDF 7.25 MB) and Live Music and Performance action plan (PDF 8.45 MB).

Making it easier for small businesses to trade later

Allowing shops and local businesses in areas with an established retail character to extend their trading hours from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week, without new development consent.

This would apply to main streets in Newtown, Glebe, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Surry Hills, Redfern, Waterloo and the city centre. It would include shops and businesses such as grocery stores, clothing stores, bookshops, pharmacies, hardware stores, hairdressers, dry cleaners, travel agents and banks. Food and drink premises such as restaurants and cafes will still need approval.

To encourage retailers to extend their trading hours, the City is proposing to offer grants to help businesses program retail experiences, as well as destination marketing support.

Encouraging small-scale cultural events and activities across the city

Allowing cultural offerings with minimal impacts, such as a shop hosting an art exhibition or public talk, to take place without development consent. See map for exempt development: small-scale cultural uses.

Criteria such as location, hours of operation and capacity would be put in place to guide those activities falling into this category, and those requiring development consent.

To support operators seeking to establish new cultural spaces the City would also develop new specialised planning controls and offer enhanced planning guidance and advice.

Balancing live music and performance venue impacts

Applying the 'agent of change' principle to managing noise impacts.

Under this system, which is already used in cities such as Melbourne and San Francisco, new residential development near existing entertainment venues would be required to implement measures to manage noise impacts from venues. Similarly, new entertainment venues would be required to ensure existing residential properties are not impacted from noise.

The agent of change system would be accompanied by new planning controls and transparent, easy to understand noise compliance guidelines for venues. This will change how the city manages entertainment noise now.

How to provide your feedback

We welcome your feedback on our proposals detailed in the discussion paper.

This consultation will end at close of business on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Guided online submissions

You can complete our anonymous guided submission in full or you can select one of the 3 sections that correspond to the key proposals in the discussion paper:

  • A diverse evening economy – making it easier for shops and businesses to trade in Central Sydney and the village centres from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
  • More small-scale cultural uses – such as hosting a play, an art show or talk.
  • Entertainment noise – fairer methods for managing entertainment noise to protect live music and community amenity.

You can complete the questions in any or all of the sections that are of interest to you:

Email or post

Send your submission by email to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or post your submission to:

Chief Executive Officer
Attention: Jen Guice, Senior Project Manager, Community Consultation
GPO Box 1591
Sydney NSW 2001

Following the consultation period, City staff will consider your feedback and prepare new planning controls. The draft planning controls will then be placed on exhibition for further feedback.

If adopted by Council after this process, the planning controls will be submitted to the Greater Sydney Commission for its consideration. This is likely to occur in late 2018.

Talk to us

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you or someone you know would prefer to talk to us in person about the proposals in the discussion paper, please phone Jen Guice, Senior Project Manager on 02 9246 7615.

Thank you for your interest in Open and Creative Sydney.

We’re reviewing the submissions and survey responses and will use that information to prepare draft planning controls.

We’ll report draft controls and the outcomes of the consultation to Council in mid-2018 and ask approval for further consultation.

If you’d like to speak with someone in the project team please contact:

Benjamin Pechey
Manager Planning Policy
Strategic Planning & Urban Design

If you would like to stay informed about this project, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Our new discussion paper aims to strengthen Sydney's cultural life, boost the night-time economy and support the live music and performance scene.

We are proposing to make it easier for businesses to trade later, encourage small-scale cultural events and activities across the city, and balance the impacts of live music and performance venues on local neighbourhoods.

The proposals include:

  • retailers on the city's main streets staying open until 10pm without needing to apply for extended trading hours
  • shops being used for small-scale cultural uses such as theatre groups for small performances
  • greater certainty for both live music and performance venues and residents when managing entertainment noise.

The proposals being considered have been developed from actions in the City's OPEN Sydney strategy and action plan (PDF 1.42 MB), Creative City cultural policy and action plan (PDF 7.25 MB) and Live Music and Performance action plan (PDF 8.45 MB).

Making it easier for small businesses to trade later

Allowing shops and local businesses in areas with an established retail character to extend their trading hours from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week, without new development consent.

This would apply to main streets in Newtown, Glebe, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Surry Hills, Redfern, Waterloo and the city centre. It would include shops and businesses such as grocery stores, clothing stores, bookshops, pharmacies, hardware stores, hairdressers, dry cleaners, travel agents and banks. Food and drink premises such as restaurants and cafes will still need approval.

To encourage retailers to extend their trading hours, the City is proposing to offer grants to help businesses program retail experiences, as well as destination marketing support.

Encouraging small-scale cultural events and activities across the city

Allowing cultural offerings with minimal impacts, such as a shop hosting an art exhibition or public talk, to take place without development consent. See map for exempt development: small-scale cultural uses.

Criteria such as location, hours of operation and capacity would be put in place to guide those activities falling into this category, and those requiring development consent.

To support operators seeking to establish new cultural spaces the City would also develop new specialised planning controls and offer enhanced planning guidance and advice.

Balancing live music and performance venue impacts

Applying the 'agent of change' principle to managing noise impacts.

Under this system, which is already used in cities such as Melbourne and San Francisco, new residential development near existing entertainment venues would be required to implement measures to manage noise impacts from venues. Similarly, new entertainment venues would be required to ensure existing residential properties are not impacted from noise.

The agent of change system would be accompanied by new planning controls and transparent, easy to understand noise compliance guidelines for venues. This will change how the city manages entertainment noise now.

How to provide your feedback

We welcome your feedback on our proposals detailed in the discussion paper.

This consultation will end at close of business on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Guided online submissions

You can complete our anonymous guided submission in full or you can select one of the 3 sections that correspond to the key proposals in the discussion paper:

  • A diverse evening economy – making it easier for shops and businesses to trade in Central Sydney and the village centres from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
  • More small-scale cultural uses – such as hosting a play, an art show or talk.
  • Entertainment noise – fairer methods for managing entertainment noise to protect live music and community amenity.

You can complete the questions in any or all of the sections that are of interest to you:

Email or post

Send your submission by email to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or post your submission to:

Chief Executive Officer
Attention: Jen Guice, Senior Project Manager, Community Consultation
GPO Box 1591
Sydney NSW 2001

Following the consultation period, City staff will consider your feedback and prepare new planning controls. The draft planning controls will then be placed on exhibition for further feedback.

If adopted by Council after this process, the planning controls will be submitted to the Greater Sydney Commission for its consideration. This is likely to occur in late 2018.

Talk to us

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you or someone you know would prefer to talk to us in person about the proposals in the discussion paper, please phone Jen Guice, Senior Project Manager on 02 9246 7615.