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Monitoring and reporting on the delivery of the plan

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A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience
Planning Priority C22

Monitoring and reporting will provide transparency to the community and other stakeholders. Action 13 in A Metropolis of Three Cities proposes that performance indicators be developed in consultation with State agencies and councils based around the 10 Directions that provide an integrated framework for both region and district plans. Performance indicators will also be used to monitor the performance of each district plan. This means the line of sight between the region and district plans will be underpinned by coordinated monitoring and it presents the opportunity for coordination with local planning.

It is intended that this common set of indicators enables a regional, and district, and local understanding of the performance of the plans. In this way evidence-based data can assist in the coordination of State and local planning decisions, a major issue raised in submissions to the draft region and district plans.

Developing indicators in consultation with agencies and councils would provide an opportunity to identify indicators that can also assist councils in their monitoring and reporting requirements of local strategic planning statements. Councils may also tailor monitoring and reporting appropriate to their local planning context.

As part of reporting on the implementation of the district plans, the Commission will also provide an annual report to the NSW Government on the status of the Actions in each district plan.


Develop performance indicators in consultation with state agencies and councils that ensure the 10 Directions to inform inter-agency, State and local government decision-making.

Greater Sydney Commission, State agencies and councils

Table 6: Basis for monitoring performance the performance of the Plan

Infrastructure and collaboration

A city supported by infrastructure

As Greater Sydney grows and becomes more complex there is a need to design better ways of supporting growth and delivering appropriate infrastructure in the right places.

A city supported by infrastructure will be measured against the outcomes achieved by city-shaping infrastructure that facilitates the three cities and city-serving infrastructure that is sequenced and aligned with forecast growth.

Potential indicators:
Increased 30-minute access to a metropolitan centre/cluster
A collaborative city

Collaboration between government, industry and local communities will result in the best use of resources such as public spaces, school ovals and community facilities.

A collaborative city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by all levels of government, industry and the community working together.

Potential indicators:
Increased use of public resources such as open space and community facilities


A city for people

Improved quality of life can be achieved by co-locating schools, recreation, transport, community and health facilities, social infrastructure and local services in walkable mixed-use places.

A city for people will be measured against the outcomes achieved by improved access to local health, education, transport, recreation, social facilities and services.

Potential indicators:
Increased walkable access to local centres
Housing the city

Providing ongoing housing supply and a range of housing types in the right locations will create more liveable neighbourhoods and support Greater Sydney's growing population. Housing affordability is also a challenge that can affect job and lifestyle choices.

Housing the city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by increasing housing supply and choice, and housing affordability.

Potential indicators:
Increased housing completions (by type)
A city of great places

The creation and renewal of great places for people, together with better local accessibility through walking and cycling, will achieve local liveability that attracts and retains residents and workers. Great places exhibit design excellence and start with a focus on open spaces and a people-friendly realm.

A city of great places will be measured against the outcomes achieved by improved local accessibility and connections, and design excellence.

Potential indicators:
Increased access to open space


A well-connected city

A Metropolis of Three Cities requires a well-connected Greater Sydney with new jobs, shops and services in well-located centres with efficient transport connections and safe and convenient walking and cycling routes. This creates a 30-minute city.

A well-connected city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by improved access to metropolitan, strategic and local centres.

Potential indicators:
Percentage of dwellings located within 30 minutes by public transport of a metropolitan centre/cluster
Jobs and skills for the city

Greater Sydney's population growth needs to be supported by economic growth that enhances its productivity, export sectors and global competitiveness.

Jobs and skills for the city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by increased business growth and investment, improved transport connections, economic agglomerations and target sectors.

Potential indicators:
Increased jobs in metropolitan and strategic centres


A city in its landscape

A healthy natural environment will be important to improve liveability, create healthy places, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

A city in its landscape will be measured against the outcomes achieved by protected, restored and enhanced landscapes, waterways, coastline, natural areas, tree canopy and open spaces.

Potential indicators:
Increased urban tree canopy
An efficient city

In Greater Sydney, the sectors that contribute most to greenhouse gas emissions are energy (electricity and gas) used in buildings, transport and waste.

An efficient city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by innovative management of water, energy, resources and waste in planning new development and infrastructure.

Potential indicators:
Reduced transport related greenhouse gas emissions
A resilient city

Adapting to climate change is critical to Greater Sydney's future resilience, together with responding to its natural and urban hazards. To be resilient, communities need social cohesion and access to economic resources.

A resilient city will be measured against the outcomes achieved by managing the impacts of natural hazards on communities, and adapting communities to cope with more very hot days.

Potential indicators:
Number of councils with standardised statewide natural hazard information