3.2.5 Additional Controls for Street Network within Urban Release Areas


  1. Provide a hierarchy of interconnected streets that provides safe, convenient and legible access within and beyond the Camden LGA;
  2. Ensure that the hierarchy of the streets is clearly discernible through variations in carriageway width, on-street parking, incorporation of water sensitive urban design measures, street tree planting, and pedestrian amenities;
  3. Provide a safe and convenient public transport, pedestrian and cycleway network; and
  4. Ensure a high quality, functional, safe, legible and visually attractive public domain.


  1. The street network should be designed generally in accordance with the indicative master plan that applies to each urban release area. Where a variation to the indicative master plan is sought, or where a new urban release area is being designed, the street network must be designed to achieve the following principles:
    1. establish a permeable network that is based on a modified grid system but limits
    2. four-way intersections.
    3. encourage walking and cycling and reduce travel distances.
    4. maximise connectivity between residential areas and community facilities, open space and centres.
    5. take account of topography and accommodate significant vegetation.
    6. optimise solar access opportunities for dwellings.
    7. provide frontage to and maximise surveillance of open space and riparian corridors.
    8. provide views and vistas to landscape features and visual connections to centres and centres.
    9. maximise the use of water sensitive urban design measures.
    10. minimise the use of cul-de-sac. If required, the maximum number of dwellings to be served by the head of a cul-de-sac is 6 and the maximum number of overall dwellings to be served by the cul-de-sac is 12.
  2. Streets are to be designed in accordance with the cross-sections and plans prepared for each urban release area. The dimensions shown on these typical diagrams are minimums only. Alternative street designs may be permitted on a case by case basis if they preserve the functional objectives and requirements of the design standards. When a new urban release area is being designed, the standard street cross-sections in Camden Council Engineering Design and Construction Specifications must be used as a guide.
  3. Except where otherwise provided for in this DCP, all streets and roundabouts are to be designed and constructed in accordance with the minimum requirements set out in the Camden Council Engineering Design and Construction Specifications. In particular:
    1. intersection treatments are required to clearly identify the road hierarchy and create well defined intersections.
    2. traffic islands and slow points are to be constructed of concrete or paving. Extended speed humps (i.e. plateaus) are not permitted for traffic calming.
    3. roundabouts are to be designed to accommodate heavy vehicles.