Priority Precincts (formerly Urban Activation Precincts) aim to deliver more homes in places with access to infrastructure, transport, services and jobs. They involve detailed planning for precincts, undertaken in close consultation with local communities and councils. The benefits to the community include greater housing choices, increased amenities, services and improved public spaces.
Sydney is a rapidly growing city. Current forecasts suggest that more than 1.6 million additional people will be living in Sydney by 2031, requiring around 664,000 more homes. The challenge for government is to make sure communities are provided with the infrastructure needed to support the inevitable growth and to enhance people's lifestyle and living.
Land use and transport planning are important considerations. Growth Infrastructure Plans will ensure that State infrastructure is delivered to support growth in each community. Funding is also available for local councils to deliver improvements to public spaces through the Precinct Support Scheme.
The Priority Precincts Guideline provides an overview of the process, as well as criteria for precinct nomination and selection. Once the NSW Government endorses a precinct, detailed investigations will be commenced. These investigations will be done in close consultation with local councils and community. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
The first eight precincts in the Priority Precincts program were announced in March 2013. They are:
North Ryde Station
Epping Town Centre
Herring Road, Macquarie Park
Anzac Parade South
Carter Street, Lidcombe
A further three precincts, located along the future North West Rail Link, were announced by the NSW Government in August 2014:
Bella Vista Station
An additional two precincts were announced in December 2014. They are:
Community input is an important part of the planning process. Community consultation will be undertaken in a variety of ways including community reference groups, community forums and community information sessions. This community consultation will inform the future vision for the precinct and investigate potential opportunities for growth.
When a rezoning proposal has been developed it will be exhibited for public comment so communities can have a say on the future of the precinct before any changes to planning controls are finalised. Community information sessions will be held during the exhibition period.
View a fact sheet on the community consultation process [PDF 346KB]
Working groups with local councils and key government stakeholders ensure coordinated delivery of infrastructure to support growth in the precinct. These groups meet regularly during the detailed investigation process and provide a forum for identification, discussion and resolution of issues.
The working groups are also responsible for defining the scope of the investigations and the planning study requirements. The planning studies for the precinct may consider issues such as housing, employment, land use mix, setting, accessibility, infrastructure connections, urban design and public domain.
Precinct Support Scheme
The NSW Government has established the Precinct Support Scheme to assist local councils to upgrade local infrastructure and provide high quality urban environments. A pilot allocation of $50 million is to be shared between the councils responsible for each precinct. This funding is in addition to the local developer levies collected through Section 94 plans.