The planning strategy examines issues facing the centres and how they may adapt in the future.
The public are being invited to comment on the draft Ku-ring-gai Retail and Commercial Centres Strategy until 23 October.
Its main vision is to provide ‘a broad range of shops and services through lively urban village spaces and places’.
The strategy looks at the issues facing local retail centres such as population growth and the changes in retail supply and demand, as well as factors affecting the planning and delivery of retail and commercial space.
The strategy also aims to gather evidence through data to guide decision-making about retail centres and their roles.
The main findings of the study were an under supply of retail floor space in centres, high vacancies in commercial areas such as Pymble Business Park and ageing retail facilities. Other key findings include land and development constraints such as fragmented ownership, the high cost of consolidating land and the impact of the Pacific Highway dissecting the centres.
Some of the strategy’s recommendations include promotion of mixed-use development, more flexible approaches to planning controls, incentives for investment and investigating a night-time economy.
The draft strategy has taken into account the potential impacts of COVID-19 on local retail and commercial sectors at this stage of the pandemic, although these are still being evaluated.
Click here to view the strategy and to comment.
Comments close at 5pm on Friday 23 October.
Media enquiries: Sally Williams 9424 0982 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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