Item 9.1 - Attachment 5

Objectives and Controls for City Centre Character Areas


Attachment 5

Parramatta City Centre DCP

Section 7.3 Special Area Controls


Proposed Objectives and Controls for City Centre Character Areas


Commercial core




·    To provide increased development opportunities and encourage a high density Central Business District characterised by tall buildings and exemplary architecture.


·    To reinforce the establishment of a wide range of service, knowledge based and other business activities to strengthen Parramatta's role as a regional city.


·    To strengthen the relationship between the City and the river.


·    To ensure the protection and interpretation of Parramatta’s significant heritage settings and items.


·    To ensure active street frontages.


·    To improve pedestrian and vehicular connections so that the urban form of the City becomes more permeable.


·    To reduce the reliance on the use of private vehicles.




·    Encourage active street frontages by requiring buildings at ground and lower levels to be built to street boundaries, and requiring upper levels to be set back a distance of 6 to 8 m depending on Street Frontage Height.


·    Break up large floor plates into separate building elements to a maximum of 2500 m2.


·    Emphasise defined gateway and corner sites through the erection of landmark buildings.


·    Ensure that development around heritage items is sympathetic with due regard to scale, materials and setting.


·    Recognise the historic role of George Street by appropriate building setbacks and ensure development strengthens and reinforces views along the street to Parramatta Park gatehouse and trees.


·    Provide through block connections by a system of pedestrian orientated spaces and lane ways that link the Parramatta River foreshore with Civic Place and the Parramatta railway station. 


Justice Precinct




·    To ensure that the precinct is developed for high-quality buildings and spaces reflecting the area's importance for justice and government office purposes.


·    To further enhance and establish Parramatta River as a natural asset to the city


·    To maintain the opportunity to improve pedestrian access and foreshore landscaping and interpret the historic locations and settings.




·    Ensure that development adjoining the river provides for public access, incorporates passive surveillance and high quality facades.


·    Maintain an appropriate scale and quality of building adjoining Parramatta River and O'Connell Street through building setbacks, building design and materials.


·    Ensure that development creates a clear distinction between the city centre building form and the open space of Parramatta Regional Park with high-quality facades to the alignment of O'Connell and Marsden Streets.


·    Ensure that development enhances O'Connell and Macquarie Streets as formal and prestigious addresses for major public and private sector buildings.


·    Ensure that development maintains a consistent street frontage height adjacent to Macquarie Street to match law courts on the corner of George and O'Connell streets.


·    Provide through site connections and foreshore access