Greater Parramatta is fast emerging as the centre of Sydney and will experience significant growth and change over the next 20 years. To plan for this growth, we have worked closely with the City of Parramatta and Greater Sydney Commission to develop an Interim Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (the Interim Plan).
The Interim Plan outlines how we’re planning for a connected, vibrant city with more homes, jobs and essential services. It will guide redevelopment and identify the infrastructure needed for continued growth.
Acknowledging the area’s importance, we’re also proposing to establish Greater Parramatta as a Priority Growth Area to ensure any future planning is consistent with the Interim Plan.
Covering almost 3,500 hectares, the Priority Growth Area includes land in twelve precincts – Westmead, Parramatta North, Parramatta CBD, Harris Park and Rosehill, Camellia, Rydalmere, Carlingford Corridor (including Telopea and Dundas), Silverwater, Sydney Olympic Park and Carter Street, Wentworth Point, Homebush and Parramatta Road.
We are also progressing planning for the recently announced Priority Precincts at Wentworthville, Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush which are within or adjacent to the priority growth area.
Our work in Greater Parramatta will feed into the Greater Sydney Commission’s Growth Infrastructure Compacts, to look at the most effective way to support growth over the long term in Parramatta. Government agencies, the Greater Sydney Commission, communities and industry will then work together to prioritise the necessary infrastructure to support growth over time, such as new district open space, road upgrades, and new or upgraded schools, with Greater Parramatta the first to trial a Growth Infrastructure Compact.
The Interim Plan forecasts more than 113,000 additional jobs over the next 20 years. These numbers will likely increase as infrastructure is delivered and the area develops.
Greater Parramatta already has a diverse economic base, and our Interim Plan encourages the growth of existing industries and the introduction of new knowledge intensive businesses.
Planned infrastructure including the Parramatta Light Rail will make it easier to access these employment hubs. New homes are also proposed, close to jobs, reducing travel times and improving access.
Over the next 20 years, we are planning for more than 72,000 new homes, close to jobs, shops, parks and services.
We will provide a mix of housing to cater for the growing population. We will also investigate opportunities to increase affordable housing in the area.
In the next 5 -10 years, $10 billion worth of public and private investment will be made in the area.
The Interim Plan identifies additional infrastructure needed; such as roads, schools and community facilities to support growth and ensure a liveable, well connected community.
We are planning for a well-connected, accessible city. We are working with Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to plan for major projects, such as the Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West.
We will work with the transport agencies to develop a traffic and transport solution for the Camellia precinct to plan for additional jobs and homes.
We will enhance the area's open spaces, walkways and cycleways. Funding will be provided for more open space along the Parramatta River, with improved access to new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.
Greater Parramatta is rich in history and culture. Our Interim Plan recognises and supports land uses which will further enhance Parramatta’s diversity.
We will finalise the review of the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 (2016 Review) with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, offering new opportunities for retail, office and residential space and a more active and vibrant town centre at Sydney Olympic Park that retains its key function as an events space.
Exhibition on the Interim Plan closed on 7 September. The feedback received will be used to improve the way we plan for the area and to update the Interim Plan regularly.Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
For more information about the status of planning for each of the precincts in the Greater Parramatta Priority Growth Area please visit: