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Where is Marsden Park North ?

Marsden Park North is a land release precinct in the Blacktown local government area, in Sydney’s North West Growth Area. The precinct is bordered by Richmond Road to the south west, Excelsior Avenue (formerly known as Vine Street West) to the South, Eastern Creek and Bells Creek to the east and South Creek to the north and west. A map of the North West Growth Area, which shows the location of Marsden Park North, is available below: 

 

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Marsden Park North map

The draft Marsden Park North masterplan will guide the future development of the area. It forms the basis of a draft zoning plan which will allow for urban development within the precinct.  

 

The masterplan has been developed by the Department of Planning and Environment in collaboration with Blacktown City Council and in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW, the Department of Education, Sydney Water, the Office of Environment and Heritage, and other government agencies to make sure the precinct has the services and infrastructure it needs to support a new community. 

The draft masterplan maps out new land uses in the precinct, including areas for new homes to support Sydney’s growing population. It also identifies key infrastructure needed, including:

  • three local centres and a commercial area
  • drainage land
  • road upgrades, including the new arterial road, Bandon Road
  • parks, playing fields, cycleways and footpaths

The masterplan also examines the precinct’s context and plans for environmental and heritage conservation.

Residents will be able to access the Sydney Metro Northwest at Tallawong Station, due to open in 2019.

 

The masterplan proposes footpaths and on and off-road cycleways to encourage a healthy and well-connected community. 

 

In addition, drivers will be able to access the precinct via Richmond Road and Garfield Road, which is due to be widened and upgraded. 

The masterplan proposes more than 57 hectares of new parks and playing fields, including 13 playing fields. 

 

Open space in the area provides the opportunity to create a green grid in the precinct. Combining the green grid with pedestrian and cycle paths will improve connections within Marsden Park North and to its neighbours.

 

The masterplan also allows for land for a potential primary school and a community facility. 

Marsden Park North will have easy access to jobs in nearby Marsden Park and Marsden Park Industrial precincts and the Rouse Hill town centre. The masterplan also proposes three local centres and a commercial area to support employment within the precinct.

Marsden Park North contains approximately 3,600 small and narrow properties that are commonly known as the ‘Scheduled Lands’, or ‘paper subdivisions’. These properties are lots that are only recognised on paper and, in most cases, have no roads, drainage, or connection to drinking water, wastewater or electricity. As the properties are very small, landowners often cannot build on them. In Marsden Park North, these properties date back to the 1880s.

 

Those Scheduled Lands that are above the 1 in 100 chance per year flood level are proposed to be zoned for urban purposes, including residential uses. Please see the exhibition discussion paper for further details.

In the north of the precinct is a group of former wastewater ponds that are seasonally inhabited by migratory shorebirds. Retention of these ponds is not possible due to potential disturbance of the birds by future residential activities and public health and safety concerns associated with the current location and composition of the ponds. A replacement bird habitat is proposed to the east of the existing ponds with suitable buffer distances from future residents. The replacement habitat is to be established prior to the removal of the existing ponds.

Marsden Park North is subject to localised flooding from nearby creeks and waterways, as well as regional flooding from the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. The draft masterplan ensures new houses will not be located in high risk flood areas and evacuation routes will allow residents to leave the area safely in the event of an emergency.

As part of the masterplanning process, a range of potential flood events were modelled. Modelling identified the 1 in 100 chance per year flood level, and the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) level. 

 

The masterplan will not allow any new homes to be built below the 1 in 100 chance per year flood area. The number of homes within the PMF area has been capped at 4,100 to ensure safe evacuation.

The masterplan and supporting development controls will also include building and design controls to increase the resilience of homes in extreme flood events, allowing easier recovery.

Marsden Park North falls within an area where Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) are collected to fund regional infrastructure. SIC funding supports the delivery of infrastructure such as: 

  • State and regional roads
  • Transport facilities including bus shelters and interchanges
  • Regional open space, footpaths and cycleways
  • Social infrastructure such as schools, healthcare and emergency services.

SICs are paid by anyone developing and delivering residential dwellings within a Special Contribution Area, and anyone subdividing land. This means that in the Marsden Park North precinct, infrastructure will be developed alongside new homes, to support the community as it grows. A SIC for the North West Growth Area is being prepared.

Water, wastewater and electricity will be delivered by the relevant authority (such as Sydney Water and Endeavour Energy) or the developer, depending on the situation. Existing services will need to be extended, and some new services will be required to support all new homes in the precinct. 

  • Water: New water mains will need to be extended from the existing system to service the precinct. 
  • Wastewater: Significant infrastructure is required to fully service Marsden Park North. High-level investigations have taken place, and detailed planning will be done by developers, in collaboration with Sydney Water.
  • Electricity: Electricity will come from the Marsden Park Precinct Zone substation, which has capacity to service up to 3000 homes in the region before needing to be upgraded.
     

Blacktown City Council will be responsible for preparing a contributions plan to fund necessary local infrastructure such as open space, local roads and drainage works. 

The Department held landowner information sessions in October 2014 and May 2015. A community update was released in August 2016 regarding flood evacuation investigations.

 

The exhibition period is an important time for consultation. The community will be able to view the proposed plans and reports and provide feedback by making a submission. Submissions can be made until 26 October. The Department will consider all submissions and make necessary improvements to the precinct plan before any rezoning decisions are made. 

The draft masterplan will be on exhibition until 26 October for community review and feedback. 

 

Help shape the future character of Marsden Park North by: 

  • Viewing the draft masterplan documents until 26 October
  • Online
  • In person: at Blacktown City Council, 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.

Making a submission during the exhibition period. A formal submission allows you to provide feedback and ideas which address specific points in the draft masterplan. Your submission will be published but you may request that your name and address are not displayed on the Department’s website or alongside your submission. 

  • Meeting the project team to ask your questions in person at one of our drop-in sessions at Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre (Senior Citizens’ Hall), Sam Lane Community Complex, Park Street, Riverstone on:
  • Thursday 20 September 4pm-7pm 
  • Saturday 22 September 10am-1pm 

 

Feedback is welcomed from anyone, from Marsden Park North landowners and residents, to anyone in the broader community.

Following the exhibition period, submissions will be reviewed, and any required amendments incorporated into the final masterplan. Subsequently the Department may make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning to rezone the precinct and then Blacktown City Council will become the consent authority.

Page last updated: 08/04/2019