Twenty-storey buildings could become a new feature of Wollondilly’s skyline.
High rise buildings are part of the developers 30 year vision for Wilton New Town.
One of the landowners, Governor’s Hill, has made a rezoning submission to the Department of Planning and Environment presenting its vision for Wilton New Town’s centre.
Macarthur Developments’, on behalf of Governor’s Hill, general manager Stephen McMahon said the centre would include buildings with heights up to 20 stories.
“These buildings could be a mix of residential, commercial offices, tertiary education and health uses,” he said.
Wollondilly councillor Simon Landow recently sought feedback on social media from locals about the proposed rezoning for Wilton.
“The [20-storey proposed height limit] will come as a shock [to some residents and will hopefully] get some people thinking about the future of Wilton and Wollondilly,” Cr Landow said.
“I wanted to make people aware that this type of development could happen.
“I wanted to let them know so they could think about it and eventually make a submission whether they support it or not.”
Cr Landow said he was eager to see the details of the report to know what benefits the shire would receive from the development of Wilton New Town.
“I can see merit in both sides and this is an ambitious project for Wollondilly for the 21st century.
“These type of buildings would drastically change the landscape of Wollondilly but it is a great opportunity to lobby for rail.”
Mr McMahon said the shire would look different in 30 years.
“By 2050 Wilton New Town will be a contemporary urban community in a very small part of the shire at the intersection of rail and two major regional roads,” he said.
“The 2050 vision identified by Governor’s Hill is a genuine and upfront attempt to project what Wilton will look like by the year 2050.
“It may appear far-fetched, however it is worth remembering that a lot of change can happen in 30 years.
“Thirty years ago there were no mobile phones or internet, and cargo ships still berthed at Darling Harbour in the Sydney CBD.”
Cr Landow said the response he had received about height limit proposal had been mixed.
“A lot of people were very emotional and there were more people who were against the idea,” he said.
“I support rural living and if Wollondilly is going have any sort of high rise then it needs to have a train station nearby.
“We need to protect our agricultural lands and landscape.”
Mr McMahon said said tall residential buildings were only one component of Governor’s Hill vision and rezoning submission.
“We have no expectations that development applications for this type of development will be lodged with the council for a very long time and certainly not until the centre is firmly established including health, education and public transport services.”
Residents took to Facebook to give Cr Landow their opinions.
Bradley Smith said: “I moved from the city to get away from concrete jungles like this.”
Amanda Hanger said: “Sounds good. We cant expect to live rural anymore unfortunately. There’s land to be used. More jobs for the area and rail would be amazing.”
Alana Cooper said: “What a joke!!! People moved to Wollondilly to get away from over development. It will bring nothing but overpopulation to the area with extra cars and destroy the landscape.”
Simon Hoare: “Unless you can offer a full package of transportation, shopping, jobs, schools, growth etc you are in danger of creating an isolated island of slums and urban sprawl.”
Debbie Roberts said: “We moved here for a rural lifestyle not Parramatta!”
Kylie Adelerhof said: “How ridiculous. I'm all for change but this is not keeping with the rural living landscape.”
Candy Train said: “Very bright idea, will push business forward.”