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The Strategy

UrbanGrowth NSW has developed an Urban Transformation Strategy for around 50 hectares of government-owned land in and around the rail corridor from Central to Erskineville Stations.

After two years of studies, assessments and conversations with the community, we’ve finalised the Strategy as an important reference document to help guide development over the next 20 to 30 years.

The Strategy contains an ambition, vision and the ten key moves that set the framework for the future delivery of more homes alongside better public transport, new parks and community facilities.

During the development of the Strategy, a number of major NSW Government policy and infrastructure announcements have been made, including new Sydney Metro stations at Waterloo and Central, the new Communities Plus initiative to renew social housing and the establishment of the Greater Sydney Commission to lead district planning across Sydney.

The purpose of the Strategy has changed, from 2014 to now, in response to these announcements. It now informs the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft Central Sydney District Plan and will also be used as an important reference document for future planning in the area.

It will not be a statutory document, or a re-zoning proposal. The Strategy takes a smart city thinking approach to sustainable growth for Sydney’s future and outlines the contribution that government-owned land can play in this future.

The Strategy focusses on three project areas:

  • Central led by Transport for NSW
  • Redfern to Eveleigh - a collaboration between Transport for NSW, the Department of Family and Community Services and UrbanGrowth NSW
  • Waterloo led by Family and Community Services, who have asked UrbanGrowth NSW to undertake the masterplanning and align this with development of the new Sydney Metro site.

UrbanGrowth NSW will assist government land owners to plan for balanced development outcomes in local precincts to provide homes and jobs alongside new public open space, community facilities and great design.

Early and initial consultation on these precincts by government agencies will reflect the ambition, vision and principles of the Urban Transformation Strategy.

You can also find out more about the Greater Sydney Commission and opportunities to provide feedback to the draft Central District Plan.

Urban Transformation Strategy

Our approach

Our approach to urban planning is to connect the area’s diverse and vibrant communities, help to secure Sydney’s future as a global city and make great places to live for new people who want to call the area home.

Central to Eveleigh could lead the way in terms of how Sydney will be in the future: a city of smaller homes, shared spaces and bigger lifestyles; of mixed uses and communities; of old and new development; of local living connected to cultural opportunities near and far; and a city of shorter distances between work and home, services and recreation, education and learning. It means more people in a diverse place with great design, green space, great community and cultural facilities, and great public transport services.

The role of the strategy

The Strategy has informed the Greater Sydney Commission's draft district plans and will also help to guide more detailed future planning on precincts of government-owned land. Future planning for these precincts will also be informed by community feedback on the Greater Sydney Commission’s Central District Plan. 

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