City of Sydney - Small Parks Upgrade REF'sSydney NSW Australia
The City of Sydney engaged SJB Planning to provide planning advice and the preparation of Review of Environmental Effects (REF) for proposed upgrade works to five (5) of its public parks. The works included upgrading of the playground areas, installation of new park benches and footpaths, landscaping and new planting. The parks located across the City ranged from small pocket parks to larger significant public open spaces including the Sydney Observatory Park, located within the heritage conservation area of Millers Point/The Rocks. The upgrade works are a part of the City’s Small Parks Upgrade Program.
The Small Parks Upgrade Program, a 10 year program of renewal for approximately 60 parks and open spaces within the City’s local government area (LGA), is a key infrastructure investment by the City.
SJB Planning was tasked with the preparation of individual REF’s for each park to assess the impact and suitability of the works for each site. Use of the REF process provided the City with a planning approval pathway to proceed with the important social infrastructure works.
The project’s challenges included balancing the considerations of key stakeholders and client needs, universal accessibility requirements, in addition to meeting heritage conservation objectives and tree canopy and environment constraints.
This was managed through working closely with the client to understand the opportunities and constraints of each individual site and ensuring that all relevant legislations and controls were addressed.