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We are working with local councils, agencies and communities to help provide new homes in the north west of Sydney that are close to jobs, parks, schools and services.


The Department worked closely with Blacktown City Council, stakeholders and the community to take a coordinated approach to planning for new homes and essential infrastructure, to meet community needs in Riverstone.

Releasing land for housing means Sydneysiders will have access to a range of homes that suit different needs, budgets and lifestyle choices.  It also helps to place downward pressure on housing prices. 

The new revitalised community at Riverstone will benefit from up to 9,000 new homes and the delivery of local amenities close to transport options, including:
  • three new primary schools and a new K-12 school
  • the Vineyard and Schofields neighbourhood centres
  • a new community services hub
  • upgrades to major roads
  • improved connections to encourage walking and cycling.
The new neighbourhood will also help create new jobs for local people.

Priority Growth Area

Riverstone is part of the North West Priority Land Release Area.


Following extensive consultation, the draft plan was finalised in May 2010 and new planning controls were introduced to enable urban development. For more information please refer to the documents at the end of this page. 

Updates and changes

Transport corridor extension 2015

We have been working closely with Blacktown City Council and Transport for NSW to preserve a transport corridor through Riverstone and Alex Avenue priority precincts.  

Following consultation in August 2015, the transport corridor extension from the Sydney Metro Northwest has now been included in the relevant land zoning maps under State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006. This means that all development applications within the corridor will need to be referred to Transport for NSW by Blacktown City Council.
For more information please refer to the Finalisation Report.
The changes can be viewed online at

Minor changes were also made to some of the planning controls in Riverstone in January 2012 and again in March 2015. This included rezoning land formerly identified for a school site, located on Boundary Road, to low density residential.

The changes can be viewed at


For more information about zoning and current planning controls, please contact Blacktown City Council on 02 9839 6000.

Page last updated: 14/09/2017