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A Metropolis of Three Cities

To meet the needs of a growing and changing population, 'A Metropolis of Three Cities – the Greater Sydney Region Plan' vision seeks to transform Greater Sydney into a metropolis of three cities, with great open space places, greater housing choice, shorter commutes and world class job opportunities.

A new approach to precincts

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.

Greater Newcastle metropolitan planning

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 is the first Metropolitan Plan prepared outside a capital city in Australia.

The Plan facilitates greater collaboration between state and local government and provides the framework for the coordination of land use and infrastructure as Greater Newcastle grows over the next 20 years.

It will help achieve the vision set out in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 for Greater Newcastle to be the leading regional economy in Australia.

Regional plans

We develop regional plans across NSW to help support our future community needs. These include plans for homes, jobs, community infrastructure and a healthy environment.

Local Planning and zoning

Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape the future of communities and also ensure local development is done appropriately.

Special Activation Precincts

Special Activation Precincts are a new way of planning and delivering industrial and commercial infrastructure projects in dedicated areas in region NSW, by bringing together planning and investment support services.

State Significant Precincts

The following State Significant Precincts (SSPs) are areas with state or regional planning significance because of their social, economic or environmental characteristics.

Urban Design for Regional NSW

Draft Urban Design for Regional NSW – A guide for creating healthy built environments in regional NSW has been prepared specifically for regional NSW.