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What is a Review of Environmental Factors?

A Review of Environmental Factors or REF is a planning assessment report used by councils to assess key engineering, environmental and planning issues associated with projects that are developed for use by the public.

The REF has been prepared in accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.

What key issues has the REF assessed?

Water quality and quantity

Traffic, access and parking

Landscape and visual

Geotechnical and contamination

Soils

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous heritage

Flora and Fauna

What is Stage 2 Zetland Avenue?

Stage 2 Zetland Avenue is a proposed 180 metre road that will be used as a short term car parking area and bus layover area for the proposed Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park which is due to open in 2019.

In the longer term and once the redevelopment of adjoining Ausgrid site (130 Joynton Avenue Zetland) is completed, this section of Zetland Avenue will be extended to provide continuous road and transport access from Defries Avenue in Zetland to Paul Street in the Green Square Town Centre.


Why is Stage 2 Zetland Avenue being developed in stages?

Zetland Avenue from Defries Avenue Zetland to Paul Street in the Green Square Town Centre exists on land owned by the City and also land owned by Ausgrid.

Stage 1 Zetland Avenue from Paul Street to Joynton Avenue is currently being delivered as part of the Green Square Town Centre Essential Infrastructure works and will be completed by 2017.

Stage 2 Zetland Avenue, which is located on the City owned site at 132 – 138 Joynton Avenue Zetland is the subject of this REF and will be completed by 2019.

Stage 3 Zetland Avenue can only be delivered once the redevelopment of the Ausgrid site occurs in accordance with the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Sydney Development Control Plan 2012. It is not known when the redevelopment of the Ausgrid land is due to occur.

Once the Ausgrid site redevelops, Zetland Avenue will provide continuous road and transport access from Defries Avenue in Zetland to Paul Street in the Green Square Town Centre.

In the longer term, the City will work with the State Government to provide light rail along Zetland Avenue to link the Green Square Town Centre with the Sydney CBD. 

What are the main findings with the REF?

The contractor will be required to implement measures to manage construction noise.

Flooding impacts will be managed with the development of an “open channel” on the northern side of the Stage 2 Zetland Avenue land.

The road is required to critical provide “front door” access to the proposed Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park, which is due to open in 2019.

Contamination issues can be successfully managed with the preparation of a Remedial Works Plan to be prepared prior to construction.

The implementation of street furniture, public art and landscaping will improve the appearance of the roadway when viewed from surrounding locations.

What are the key elements being delivered with the road?

Two directional cycle lanes on either side of the street

Street furniture and public art

Wide pedestrian pathways

Street tree planting and also within the central median

Parking along each kerb

Bus layover adjacent to the main entrance of the Aquatic Centre.

Drainage swale (short term only)

Note that these features will be delivered in the short term from 2019.

Who is delivering the road and when will it be open?

The City of Sydney is responsible for the delivery of the road which is planned to open in 2019.

The City will appoint a contractor to construct the road, which will take place from 2017 to 2019.