NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Central Precinct

A dynamic innovation and technology engine that will be a magnet for people to meet and collaborate in the heart of Sydney’s Eastern Harbour City.

At a glance

State-shaping precinct

The Central State Significant Precinct (SSP) covers 24 hectares bounded by Pitt Street to the west, Cleveland Street to the south, Eddy Avenue to the north and Elizabeth Street to the east.

The SSP process allows the Department of Planning and Environment to consider proposals for new planning controls for areas that are of state or regional planning significance.

Part of the precinct – the Western Gateway sub-precinct – has already been rezoned.

View the Sydney Central Precinct map (PDF, 404 KB).

Central Precinct rezoning proposal

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has prepared a rezoning proposal for the Central Precinct. The rezoning proposal was on exhibition for public comment from 22 August to 4 October 2022.

The rezoning proposal aims to deliver a technology and innovation precinct by enabling development over and adjacent to the railway lines at Central Station.

The department is responsible for gathering feedback and evaluating the proposal.

View the plans

The rezoning proposal seeks to deliver:

  • about 16,000 jobs in commercial, retail, education and hotel sectors
  • 850 new homes including a minimum 15% affordable housing
  • 266 rooms for student housings
  • more than 2 hectares of public open space
  • new connections to Central Station and the surrounding suburbs.

Find out more about the rezoning proposal at TfNSW’s webpage.

What happens next

 TfNSW will review the submissions from the exhibition and prepare responses to the issues raised for the department to consider.

The department then assesses the amended proposal. Once issues have been addressed, the finalisation package will be sent to the Minister for Planning and Homes to consider approving the rezoning amendments to the Sydney Local Environmental Plan

 
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The Tech Central vision

Central Precinct will be a leader in innovation, collaboration and jobs for the future. The urban renewal of Central Precinct has been identified as a key project to achieving the vision for Tech Central.

Tech Central is Australia’s biggest innovation district of its kind, made up of six connected neighbourhoods near the Sydney CBD (Haymarket, Ultimo, Surry Hills, Camperdown, Darlington North Eveleigh and South Eveleigh).

Tech Central stretches from Central Station to Camperdown and will be a global centre of technology and innovation, with more than 25,000 jobs. The precinct will house start-ups, scale-ups and innovation ecosystem partners in 250,000 sqm of office space for technology companies. 

Tech Central will also create great public spaces and improve walking and cycling connections. 

 

What’s happened so far?

Study requirements were prepared in consultation with City of Sydney, Greater Cities Commission and other Government agencies to guide TfNSW investigations into proposed new planning controls in the Central Precinct.

TfNSW prepared a Central Precinct Strategic Framework (PDF, 15 MB) which sets the vision and principles for development at Central.

The first stage of planning for Central SSP is the Western Gateway Sub-precinct, which consists of three separate development sites: Block A, B and C (PDF, 2.6 MB).

Blocks A and B were rezoned in August 2020 and enable the delivery of Atlassian’s new global headquarters and a significant redevelopment proposal from Dexus and Frasers. The proposal will deliver 232,000 sqm of non-residential space for commercial, retail and hotel uses. It was publicly exhibited from 16 October to 27 November 2019.

Block C was rezoned in October 2021 to enable development above and adjacent to the Parcel Post building (the Adina Hotel) and provide an additional 43,000 sqm of non-residential space in the precinct. The proposal was exhibited for public comment from 16 December 2020 to Friday 29 January 2021.

The Western Gateway Design Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB) applies to the sub-precinct and will ensure development results in high- quality design and an appropriate heritage response.

The rezoning package, all finalisation documents and submissions are available on the planning portal. See the Central Precinct Western Gateway Blocks A and B Rezoning Package and the Central Western Gateway Block C Rezoning Proposal.

Central Precinct timeline

Precinct status name Western Gateway Blocks A & B
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Rezoned Aug 2020
Precinct status name Western Gateway Block C
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Rezoned Oct 2021
Precinct status name Rezoning proposal exhibition
Completed phase
Tmeline dates 22 Aug - 4 Oct 2022
Precinct status name Response to submissions
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Late 2022 onwards

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Downloads

Central Precinct Strategic Framework [PDF, 15 MB] baseline_trending_flat_black_24dp

Western Gateway Design Guide [PDF, 1.1 MB] baseline_trending_flat_black_24dp

Central SSP Study Requirements [PDF, 471 KB] baseline_trending_flat_black_24dp