Council resolved to commence an investigation into the capability and urban capacity of Dural in April 2017 In February 2019 Council received the final ‘Urban Capability and Capacity Assessment’ (“Phase 1”) for the Dural/Round Corner locality.
The need for this assessment arose, in part, due to a number of land-owner initiated planning proposals which were submitted to Council in the absence of any holistic or coordinated approach to planning for the area. The Assessment is the first step in the process of determining whether or not the area is suitable to be pursued as an urban land release. It consists of high level environmental studies as well as infrastructure capacity assessment intended to identify any significant constraints likely to prevent orderly urban development occurring.
The full detailed assessment is available at the Hills Shire Council website, or as a downloadable link here. There is much more detail in how assessments were made in relation to environment, road capacity, infrastructure capacity and strategic context laid out in the Central City District Plan (ie Urban development is not consistent with the values of the Metropolitan Rural Area; Rural residential development is not an economic value of the District’s rural areas and further rural residential development is generally not supported).
Council moved a motion to support the recommendations of the report which were:
- Council receive the report outlining the outcomes of the Urban Capability and Capacity Assessment for the Dural locality.
- Council discontinue any further investigations with respect to the rezoning of rural land for urban development within the Dural locality at this time.
- If the proponent of any future planning proposal to rezone land within the Dural locality is able to demonstrate that they can deliver the required local and regional infrastructure upgrades at no cost to Council, Council consider such a planning proposal and review its position with respect to rezoning within the Dural locality at that time.
- Invite Hornsby Shire Council to join with The Hills Shire Council in lobbying the State Government for the funding of essential upgrades to Old Northern Road / New Line Road to address existing road capacity problems in Dural