The area, approximately 13km southwest of the Sydney CBD is well serviced by public transport and initial studies have determined there is some potential for new homes, jobs and amenities near Bardwell Park train station.
The Department of Planning and Environment is now working with Bayside and Canterbury Bankstown Councils and the community to look at opportunities to plan for this growing community in a coordinated manner, while retaining the area’s natural assets, especially Wolli Creek Regional Park.
We are at the early stages of the planning process. Currently, the Department is commissioning studies into traffic and transport, engineering and environmental constraints, market analysis and economic feasibility, affordable housing and heritage.
We will consult with local residents to identify the potential for planned growth while maintaining the village character of Bardwell Park. This planning process will result in a draft plan for Bardwell Park that the local community will be encouraged to have its say.
Initial areas for investigation of the Bardwell Park planned precinct were identified using accepted planning principles of 400m and 800m walking distances to public transport. In response to community feedback, the area of investigation for rezoning has been significantly reduced, and is now concentrated around Bardwell Park train station.
More detailed information and a map of the revised investigation area is available on our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Department is commissioning specialist studies, including a comprehensive traffic and transport study to model solutions for existing and future transport needs. Separate studies will address infrastructure, biodiversity and environmental issues, flooding, market feasibility, affordable housing, heritage values, and broader considerations to ensure future growth does not negatively impact the existing character of the community.
Residents’ concerns about retaining local character will always be considered in these studies. The Department will also establish a working group of state agencies and local councils to guide the planning process and review the specialist studies. Those conducting the studies will consult with the community during the study process.
From these studies, the Department will develop a draft plan which will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum period of six weeks in late 2018. During this stage, the community and stakeholders will be encouraged to provide feedback and submissions.
Following the exhibition period, the Department will review submissions received during the community consultation process. As far as is possible, the Department will amend the draft plan in response to the submissions, which may include undertaking further studies and community and stakeholder consultation. If the Department makes significant changes to the draft plan at this stage of the planning process, the modified precinct plan will be re-exhibited for community feedback.
As the final step in the process, the plan is provided to the Minister for determination. If the Minister decides to approve the plan, rezoning would then take place.