西北铁路沿线的三个地点Kellyville, Bella Vista和Castle Hill Showground预计将开发为高密度住宅区。
西北铁路线的建设费用庞大, 西北铁路线预计总长度23公里，其中包括起始艾坪（Epping）的15.3公里长的隧道，而在艾坪至劳斯山（Rouse Hill）的区间，还将有6个全新建设的火车站。据悉，西北铁路线的建设预算高达75-85亿澳币.
Brad Hazzard expected to revealhigh-rise plans for North West Rail Link – NSW
April 8, 2014
Urban Affairs Reporter
The state government is turning west to realise its ambition for high-risedevelopment near transport hubs, amid speculation it will scale back its plansfor Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard is expected to soon unveil his plans for greaterdensity housing and businesses along the North West Rail Link.
Buildings up to 30 stories high could be erected along the rail corridor fromEpping to Rouse Hill. But similar plans to rezone land in Sydney’s eastremainfrozen. Councils and residents are resisting the attempt to impose”urban activation precincts” near the $1.6 billion tram line being built fromthe city to Randwick and Kingsford.
Bill Randolph, of the University of NSW City Futures Research Centre, said landalong the north-west rail line was ”low-hanging fruit” for the governmentinterms of urban renewal. There’s less in the way and they can get on and planand implement stuff a lot quicker than they probably can elsewhere,” he said.
Redeveloping existing communities was far more difficult, he said, ”but thisis an issue that is simply not going to go away”.
Randwick’s Liberal mayor, Scott Nash, said the NSW Department of Planning andInfrastructure was due to present the council with a reworked vision foraprecinct in Randwick – but last week’s briefing session was cancelled.
The proposal for more density in Randwick – along with another precinct aroundAnzac Parade in South Maroubra – were placed ”on hold” for three months inDecember amid a widening political and community backlash.
The Randwick proposal, due to go on public exhibition this month, will now doso in”coming months”, the department said.
It advised the council in March that another four to six months were needed tocomplete a transport strategy for South Maroubra.
”I think that the Anzac South [precinct] is off the table, frankly,” CrNashsaid. ”I think the government’s realised it’s so hard to justify moreincreases in density over and above what’s proposed in our council controls.”
City of Botany Bay Councilconcluded another precinct for Mascot had beenquietly abandoned when it wasplaced on hold last year. A council spokeswomansaid it had heard nothing fromthe department in about eight months.
Three council-nominated sites along the north-west rail line – atKellyville,Bella Vista and the Castle Hill Showground – are expected to beredeveloped forhigher density as the region’s first urban activation precincts.
The Hills Shire’s Liberal mayor, Michelle Byrne, said ”we need anannouncementfirst” before she would comment about any plans.
Mr Hazzard was unavailable for comment. But the government’s corridor strategyhas already signalled that land around Bella Vista station could accommodatefuture development of up to 22 storeys,or 20 storeys near Kellyville station.
It envisages that the highest future density will be eveloped around theNorwest Station, where there could be towers up to 30 storeys high.
Cr Byrne said the area’s population was forecast to increase by 100,000peoplein the next 25 years.
”We think the best way to go to accommodate that growth is to go up and tobuild high density around transport nodes rather than build medium densitythrough out the Hills and altering the character of the area,” Cr Byrne said.
Unlike the precincts causing angst in Sydney’s east, those nominated by theHillsShire were largely free of existing homes.
Urbanactivation precincts announced last year at North Ryde, Epping, MacquariePark,Lidcombe and Wentworth Point are progressing through the planning process.
A spokesman said the department was still in the process of preparing theRandwick urban activation precinct planning proposals ”and felt furtherworkwas required before the plans were presented to council”.
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