Submissions on Greater Sydney Commission plan close on March 31

West District Commissioner Sean O’Toole.

West District Commissioner Sean O’Toole.

Penrith residents have been urged to have their say on the Greater Sydney Commission’s blueprint for the future of Sydney’s west before the end of this month.

The public exhibition period for the draft West District Plan closes on Friday, March 31 and the commission is calling on all residents, community groups, businesses and organisations to make sure their views are heard by making a submission.

The West District includes the local government areas of Penrith, Blue Mountains, and the Hawkesbury.

“The opinions of the local community are vital and we want everyone who has something to say about the future of our part of Sydney to make a submission, whether it’s short or long, before the end of the month,” said West District Commissioner Sean O’Toole.

“All submissions will contribute to the final version of the District Plan: which will act as a guide for the future development of our region over the next 20 years.

“We’re also after feedback on our 40-year vision for the overall future of Sydney - Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 - which is a draft amendment to the Greater Sydney Region Plan.”

The draft West District Plan,one of six draft district plans covering the whole of Greater Sydney, has been on public exhibition since November last year.

The Draft District Plans, and Towards our Greater Sydney 2056, are on the Greater Sydney Commission’s website www.greater.sydney where submissions can also be made.

Mr O’Toole said online submissions could be made in minutes and the three tailored forms available online allowed them to be short or long, simple or detailed.

“We want to ensure the final West District Plan, and the updated regional plan, are truly informed by the views, suggestions and input of the local community,” Mr O’Toole said.

The plans are expected to be finalised by the end of this year.