NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Precincts – a new approach

A new approach to precinct planning has been developed to provide certainty and a way forward for precincts. This is part of our work to centre the planning system around people, places, public spaces and the environment, putting greater responsibility for planning in the hands of councils and local communities.

While each precinct is being transitioned into a new pathway, the Department will continue to update each precinct webpage below with new information as it’s available. In the meantime, if you would like further information on the new approach please contact us.

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The draft Northern Beaches Aboriginal land Development Delivery Plan (DDP) will help Aboriginal people fulfill potential economic benefits of their land on the Northern Beaches.

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We want to create vibrant, attractive and well-connected communities, where people can live and work with good access to public transport, community facilities, open spaces, shops and cafes.

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Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush are great places to live with their own unique qualities. They have good examples of heritage architecture and access to open space, recreational facilities, restaurants, business and shopping districts.

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Camellia is poised for an exciting journey of renewal that will provide for a new riverside town centre positioned on the Parramatta Light Rail, as well as a proposed new primary school, 13 hectares of new open space and affordable housing.

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The Carter Street Precinct will provide more homes, jobs, better public spaces, shops and cafes with access to public transport, international sporting facilities and entertainment venues.


Planning is progressing for leafy Cherrybrook, to build on the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project.

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The NSW Government is planning to renew the ageing public spaces and infrastructure around Circular Quay. The precinct will receive new public spaces, transport infrastructure and buildings that will breathe new life into Sydney’s ‘waterfront to the world’.

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Frenchs Forest will benefit from the NSW Government’s $1B investment in infrastructure in the area, with the new Northern Beaches Hospital and improved transport links providing a catalyst for revitalisation.

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Glenfield is set to become South West Sydney’s premier regional sporting and education destination.

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We are working on plans for new homes, jobs, parks and services for the surrounding communities.

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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.

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We want to create a vibrant, attractive and well-connected community in Ingleside, where people can live and work with good access to public transport, community facilities, open spaces, shops and cafes.

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Leppington is located within the South West Growth Area and offers the opportunity to provide more new homes close to great public transport links.

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A new precinct planned for Sydney's South West Growth Area. It is approximately 8 kilometres from the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis and 47 kilometres from Parramatta CBD.

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We’re working to create communities that have good access to parks, schools, shops and cafes, and community services around Epping and Macquarie Park.


The Department of Planning and Environment, in collaboration with Blacktown City Council, has prepared a draft master plan for the Marsden Park North precinct. This plan will guide the future rezoning and development of this new precinct from the ground up. The precinct will be in the proposed new suburbs of Angus, Vineyard and Marsden Park.

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Sydney’s North West is becoming an increasingly popular place to live. Our Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan (the Implementation Plan) outlines how we’re planning for more homes, jobs and essential services in the North West Growth Area.

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The creation of new employment opportunities will be important for the development of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.

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The Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy covers land along the length of Parramatta Road from Granville to Camperdown.

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The NSW Government is committed to making Penrith Lakes a destination to play, relax, work and visit.

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We are planning for the evolution of Pyrmont Peninsula as a treasured cultural and entertainment destination as well as an innovative, connected cornerstone of economic growth and jobs for the future.

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A vibrant new community with improved access to the river foreshore, a range of new homes including affordable housing, a new primary school and potential river pool.


Riverwood is home to a strong and growing community, offering easy access to public transport and the airport. Running alongside Salt Pan Creek, the suburb is known for its parks, fishing spots and walking tracks through semi-urban wetlands, native habitats and mangrove forests.

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Seven Hills is a great suburb that is well-located near the Blacktown and Parramatta CBDs. The Department and Blacktown Council will work closely together on a plan for Seven Hills in line with Council’s work program.

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With its diverse community and growing variety of housing types, Schofields Town Centre is located approximately 35km northwest of the Sydney CBD and is well serviced by public transport.

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New communities shaded by up to 150,000 new trees. New homes with access to new schools, parks, jobs and infrastructure, to add to the pipeline of homes needed for a growing Greater Sydney.

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TfNSW is proposing to adaptively re-use the Workshop for a mix of commercial offices, retail space and other community activities. It will be the final building in the South Eveleigh precinct to support the vision for Tech Central.

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

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With a new Sydney Metro station opening in Crows Nest in 2024, there is an exciting opportunity to rejuvenate St Leonards and Crows Nest. The Draft 2036 Plan offers new jobs, open space, infrastructure and homes to St Leonards and Crows Nest.

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The Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Strategy provides a planned approach to growth with infrastructure delivery and development co-ordinated along the corridor. The station precincts are already great places to live, and each has its own unique qualities.

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Three new master planned communities in Sydney's northwest, on the doorstep of new world class public transport, with new and improved open space, new schools, local jobs, new town squares and pedestrian and cycling connections.

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The master plan for Telopea sets out a vision for a vibrant, diverse, cohesive community.

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We are working to create an attractive and well–connected community, where people can live with good access to public transport, community facilities, jobs, open spaces, shops and cafes.

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Waterloo continues to grow and be a place that people love to live. It offers the advantages of being 3 km from the Sydney CBD and the benefits of a strong and diverse community.

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West Schofields is a new precinct planned for Sydney’s North West Growth Area. It is approximately 5 kilometres from Schofields town centre and 10 kilometres from Blacktown CBD.

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NSW Government established the Western Sydney Employment Area to provide businesses in the region with land for industry and employment.

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The NSW Government is investigating opportunities to create a vibrant new community centred on one of Australia's most transformational infrastructure projects – the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

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An innovation centre that offers world-class health, education and research facilities for the communities of western Sydney and beyond.

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The NSW Government is working with the community and other stakeholders to bring to life the vision for Wianamatta South Creek. The vision is for a restored and protected waterway system that nourishes a cool, green and inclusive Western Parkland City.

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We are working with Wollondilly Council, state agencies and the community to plan and create a new town at Wilton, which in 2040 is a place where families are thriving and businesses flourishing. The town will have grown sustainably with a strong natural environment and jobs will leverage the town's location and distance to Wollongong and the new Western Sydney Airport.