A Plan for Growing Sydney will help to ensure Sydneysiders have greater access to the things they value – great outdoor spaces, greater housing choice, shorter commutes and world-class job opportunities.
A Plan for Growing Sydney, released in December 2014, is the NSW Government’s plan for the future of the Sydney Metropolitan Area over the next 20 years. The Plan provides key directions and actions to guide Sydney’s productivity, environmental management, and liveability – including the delivery of housing, employment, infrastructure and open space.
Sydney is a global city, Australia’s largest city and the economic capital of the country.
It is also home to over four million people living in communities with unique identities that collectively enrich the life and character of Sydney.
Sydney needs a plan for the future that:
To guide the expected growth and maintain the vision for Sydney, the Plan contains a number of goals, directions and actions.
The four goals the Department has set down to achieve the vision for Sydney are:
These goals are further expanded into 22 strategic directions, and 59 detailed actions that the Government will take to implement the Plan.
Some of the steps the Government will take to deliver these goals are:
The Plan recognises that Sydney Metropolitan Area has two Central Business Districts (CBDs): Sydney/North Sydney and Greater Parramatta.
The importance of Parramatta’s role as Sydney’s second CBD will grow. Parramatta CBD will also integrate with the surrounding precincts of Westmead Health, North Parramatta, Rydalmere Education, and Camellia.
Our two CBDs will be supported by a network of Strategic Centres and Transport Gateways, which will also be a focus for economic activity.
New housing will be accelerated across Sydney, with a greater choice of housing types around centres. There will also be a focus on urban renewal corridors along rail lines.
Greenfield housing development in new land releases will continue to be primarily focussed in the North West Growth Centre and the South West Growth Centre.
The Plan is guided by three planning principles:
The development of A Plan for Growing Sydney was informed by feedback from people living across Sydney, as well as an evidence base including data, research and reports from a number of sources. A detailed list of resources and evidence is provided in the Endnotes of the Plan.
Consultation on the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney took place in 2013.
Prior to this, consultation on Sydney over the next 20 years: A Discussion Paper took place in 2012.