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Lucy Turnbull in tale of three cities

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Rebekah Ison

Aggressive job creation targets and an aim to make up to 10 per cent of new housing affordable for low-income renters form part of the Greater Sydney Commission's new vision for the city.

The body, headed by Lucy Turnbull, released draft plans on Monday for the creation of six "districts" across three "cities" that will together will make up the Sydney metropolis.

Mrs Turnbull said policymakers needed to move away from a vision of Sydney that centres on its eastern fringe.

"Our vision is for Sydney to be composed of three great cities within greater Sydney, so that it becomes the kind of global city that is home to a mix and variety of places where people can live, work, play, study and visit," Mrs Turnbull told a launch event in Parramatta - at the heart of what would be Sydney's "West Central District".

"Places that have within each of them the essentials of liveability, housing choices, smart jobs, great schools, open spaces and facilities."

Lucy Turnbull © AAP Image/Joel Carrett Lucy Turnbull

To the southwest, Mrs Turnbull said the planned Badgerys Creek airport would anchor one of the fastest-growth districts in greater Sydney, "which by 2056 will be a bustling airtropolis - revolutionising the way Sydney works and lives forever".

The draft plans include ambitious jobs targets across greater Sydney, off the back of revised forecasts that indicate the city will need 817,000 new jobs in the next 20 years - up from a previous estimate of 689,000.

Targets include up to 732,000 new jobs for central Sydney, 79,000 new jobs for Macquarie Park and 170,500 new jobs for greater Parramatta by 2036.

The Greater Sydney Commission will seek feedback before finalising its district plans in late 2017, at which point local councils will be required to give voice to the plans in their own decision-making.

"Let's be clear. These plans will have teeth when they're finalised," Mrs Turnbull said on Monday.

"They will be a critical mid-level in the planning hierarchy."

The plans include a target of 189,100 new homes for greater Sydney by 2021, and minimum 20-year housing targets of 725,000 new homes.

They also include an affordable rental housing target of five to 10 per cent, "subject to viability", in urban renewal and land release areas.

These targets will aim to ease housing pressure on households with low and very low annual incomes of up to $67,600.

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