Last week when we spoke to Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller about her backstory, she told us her hopes of Liverpool becoming the next CBD.
Yesterday Planning Minister Anthony Roberts officially announced major rezoning which will encourage new businesses and double the population in the Liverpool city centre with an 18-hour economy.
Apartments can be built in the inner city for the first time under the council’s plan to entice more businesses and residents to the hub, making it Sydney’s third CBD .
According to the council, the rezoning of 25 hectares will reinvigorate the CBD and allow the construction of multi-purpose buildings, such as, cafes, bars and restaurants, retail, child care, office space and residential.
“This is the most significant leap forward for Liverpool since the city was first designed and the Hoddle Grid was laid down in 1827,” Mayor Waller said.
“Our city has great bones. We are built on the same plan as Melbourne’s city centre and now we are going to add to that the very best in contemporary urban design.
“In the past 18 months, the council officers have spoken to more than 10 developers about projects worth up to $1 billion. There’s no doubt the development of Western Sydney Airport in our LGA has attracted a lot of attention on Liverpool.
“We are strategically positioned as the key regional centre of the Western Parkland City. Under the City Deal we are helping lay the foundations for the creation of a thriving Western City of 1.5 million residents within 20 years.”
She said the amendment to the Local Environmental Plan was designed to ensure a mix of uses in every multi-storey building and would allow developers to respond to market conditions.
“When there is more demand for homes they will be able to increase the number of floors taken up by residential; if the interest is in office space, they will be able to respond to that as well,” she said.
“From these new buildings people will be able to walk from their home to work, to the shops, dining and entertainment and they’ll take their children to school and to care without jumping in the car.
“We’re going to allow the commercial heart to thrive. I’m really excited about the future of modern Liverpool. We have a heart and a history as well. We’re going to keep the things that make us great so you’re going to see a busy, bustling city that’s a little different.”
The Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney said they would support a Liverpool CBD.
“Rezoning 25 hectares of land in the city centre from commercial to mixed use is a significant first step in Liverpool’s transformation,” organisation director David Borger said.
“Liverpool is already on its way to becoming Sydney’s next significant city, with its strong population growth and proud multicultural community but it needs a helping hand.
“With major health infrastructure such as Liverpool Hospital and the Ingham Medical Research Institute coupled with TAFE and universities and close to the new Western Sydney Airport, Liverpool’s potential is set to skyrocket.”
He said now would be the time for investment.