The community is reminded to have its say on a discussion paper that will help guide the future planning of Orchard Hills.

Tanya Davies said the public has until next Friday 16 December, to share its views on how this part of Western Sydney should be developed.

“We want the community to be front and centre in shaping this growing area, so I encourage everyone to provide their input on their vision for Orchard Hills,” Mrs Davies said.

“All feedback will help inform a draft Precinct Plan and rezoning which will be released for further public consultation next year.”

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said Orchard Hills is one of ten sites identified in the NSW Government’s $73.5 million Rezoning Pathways Program, to boost housing supply and unlock new homes.

“This program will see land rezoned by 2024 to pave the way for 70,000 new homes across NSW, with the majority in Western Sydney,” Mr Roberts said.

“We’re creating a pipeline for tens of thousands of new homes, giving more people in NSW the opportunity to put a roof over their heads.”

Mr Roberts said the Rezoning Pathways Program includes a pilot process for industry, proposing more than 1,000 homes in metropolitan areas or over 300 in regional areas that could be assessed by the NSW Government.

“We want projects that can make a difference to our housing supply quickly, which is why we are seeking nominations for proposals that are well advanced with a planning proposal able to be submitted within two months, Mr Roberts said.

Professor Roberta Ryan, who will be integral in ensuring the community is engaged and involved in the shaping of the plans for Orchard Hills, has had her term as Independent Community Commissioner for Orchard Hills confirmed until the end of June 2023.

As the Independent Community Commissioner, Professor Ryan works closely with the communities in Orchard Hills to help them understand the planning process and what any proposed changes may mean.

The feedback from this discussion paper will inform the rezoning package and draft Precinct plan which the NSW Government will formally exhibit next year, with all land expected to be rezoned by 2024.

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