Draft DCP Amendments – Centres Parking Rates, Car Share & EV Readiness

Council has resolved to publicly exhibit draft amendments to the parking controls within The Hills Development Control Plan (DCP) 2012.

The draft amendments will reduce parking rates for commercial and retail development within the walkable catchment of public transport within the Norwest, Castle Hill and Rouse Hill Strategic Centres and Baulkham Hills Town Centre. The reduced rates reflect the increased availability of public transport options for trips to and from these centres and aim to encourage modal shift towards active and public transport usage to ensure the road network is able to operate at a reasonable level of service as projected growth within these centres occurs over the next 20 years and beyond.

The draft amendments also include controls that would apply more generally throughout the Shire relating to the optional inclusion of car share parking spaces within new development and the need to ensure new development is “EV Ready” and able to accommodate the efficient installation of EV chargers in response to future demand, without significant costs associated with retrofitting or upgrading electrical capacity.

Draft amendments are proposed to the following sections of to The Hills DCP 2012:

  • Part C Section 1 – Parking
  • Part D Section 6 – Rouse Hill Regional Centre
  • Part D Section 14 – Target Site, Corner of Windsor Rd Seven Hills Rd, Baulkham Hills
  • Part D Section 19 – Showground Station Precinct
  • Part D Section 20 – Castle Hill North
  • Part D Section 21 – 93-107 Cecil Avenue and 9-10 Roger Avenue, Castle Hill
  • Part D Section 23 – Norwest Station Site
  • Part D Section ## – 7-15 Columbia Way, Norwest

The draft parking rates proposed within the DCP would apply only to new retail and commercial developments within Council’s Strategic Centres and Baulkham Hills Town Centre. That proposed rates would not reduce or impact upon any approved or existing car parking provision within existing development.

The draft DCP amendments and supporting material are now on public exhibition and available for inspection on Hills Have Your Say.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION PERIOD: Thursday 13 June 2024 to Wednesday 10 July 2024

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5pm on Wednesday 10 July 2024

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