I live in an existing heritage area in Zetland or Beaconsfield. Will my neighbourhood be inundated with parked cars?
No. The City does not issue parking permits for any new apartment buildings. This means that the only residents eligible for parking permits will be those in existing older residential streets, such as Portman Street, Elizabeth Street or Hansard Street. This policy has been in place for almost 20 years.
The City will closely monitor demand for street parking, and will increase enforcement or extend parking controls (with exemptions for permit-holders) to ensure existing residents have priority access to on-street parking.
Will new apartments have enough parking?
The City does not require new housing to provide parking, because not all households want or need a car. In the City of Sydney, approximately one third of households do not own a car. However, more than 80% of new apartments constructed in Green Square include a parking space. Residents who choose to buy or rent a new apartment without a parking space are not eligible for on-street parking permits.
What public transport will serve the community facilities?
The City’s new community, recreational and sporting facilities on Joynton Avenue will be well served by both buses and trains. High frequency buses to and from the city (routes 343, M20, and 301) already stop on Joynton Avenue outside the former South Sydney Hospital, as does the 348 bus which links Bondi Junction to Wolli Creek via Green Square. During peak hours, Joynton Avenue bus services are more frequent than buses on King Street, Newtown. Other nearby bus routes include the 370 on Epsom Road, which links to UNSW and Coogee, and to Newtown, Sydney University and Glebe.
From 4 October 2015, the 343 bus will directly connect Joynton Avenue to North Sydney and Chatswood.
The completion of new streets in the Green Square Town Centre will make Green Square station more convenient for all residents. It will reduce the walk between Green Square railway station and the community facilities to 350m, and to 450m from the new Aquatic Centre. Trains are already frequent, and will become more frequent as infrastructure upgrades and the Sydney Metro project are completed.
Are you expecting all residents to walk or cycle to work?
No. Cycling and walking is a popular way for inner city residents to get to work, but it will not suit everyone. Safe cycleways and good footpaths are intended to provide more options for residents and workers. The more who choose to walk, cycle, or take the train, the less congested the roads will be for those who do need to drive.
Will there be new roads for the extra traffic?
Yes. The City is constructing a network of new internal streets to connect new neighbourhoods and to the Town Centre. We have also purchased land and begun pre-construction works for an important new road, known as the East West Relief Route. This road provides access from the Town Centre at Botany Road to Bourke Road in Alexandria, and will reduce pressure on east west streets such as McEvoy Street, as well as reducing pressure on Botany Road.