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Liveability, productivity and sustainability

A Metropolis of Three Cities will transform land use and transport patterns, boosting Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability by spreading the benefits of growth to all its residents.


A Metropolis of Three Cities – the Greater Sydney Region Plan, Future Transport 2056 and the State Infrastructure Strategy respond to and build on the directions for a Greater Sydney, ensuring integrated land use planning and infrastructure delivery.


There are 10 directions for Greater Sydney


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Infrastructure supporting new developments

  • Objective 1. Infrastructure supports the three cities
  • Objective 2. Infrastructure aligns with forecast growth – growth infrastructure compact
  • Objective 3. Infrastructure adapts to meet future needs
  • Objective 4. Infrastructure use is optimised

Working together to grow a Greater Sydney

  • Objective 5. Benefits of growth realised by collaboration of governments, community and business

Celebrating diversity and putting people at the heart of planning

  • Objective 6. Services and infrastructure meet communities’ changing needs
  • Objective 7. Communities are healthy, resilient and socially connected
  • Objective 8. Greater Sydney’s communities are culturally rich with diverse neighbourhoods
  • Objective 9. Greater Sydney celebrates the arts and supports creative industries and innovation

Giving people housing choices

  • Objective 10. Greater housing supply
  • Objective 11. Housing is more diverse and affordable

Designing places for people

  • Objective 12. Great places that bring people together
  • Objective 13. Environmental heritage is conserved and enhanced

Developing a more accessible and walkable city

  • Objective 14. A Metropolis of Three Cities – integrated land use and transport creates walkable and 30-minute cities
  • Objective 15. The Eastern, GPOP and Western Economic Corridors are better connected and more competitive
  • Objective 16. Freight and logistics network is competitive and efficient
  • Objective 17. Regional transport is integrated with land use

Creating the conditions for a stronger economy

  • Objective 18. Harbour CBD is stronger and more competitive
  • Objective 19. Greater Parramatta is stronger and better connected
  • Objective 20. Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis are economic catalysts for Western Parkland City
  • Objective 21. Internationally competitive health, education, research and innovation precincts
  • Objective 22. Investment and business activity in centres
  • Objective 23. Industrial and urban services land is planned, protected and managed
  • Objective 24. Economic sectors are targeted for success

Valuing green spaces and landscape

  • Objective 25. The coast and waterways are protected and healthier
  • Objective 26. A cool and green parkland city in the South Creek corridor
  • Objective 27. Biodiversity is protected, urban bushland and remnant vegetation is enhanced
  • Objective 28. Scenic and cultural landscapes are protected
  • Objective 29. Environmental, social and economic values in rural areas are maintained and protected
  • Objective 30. Urban tree canopy cover is increased
  • Objective 31. Public open space is accessible, protected and enhanced
  • Objective 32. The Green Grid links parks, open spaces, bushland and walking and cycling paths

Using resources wisely

  • Objective 33. A low-carbon city contributes to net-zero emissions by 2050 and mitigates climate change
  • Objective 34. Energy and water flows are captured, used and re-used
  • Objective 35. More waste is re-used and recycled to support the development of a circular economy

Adapting to a changing world

  • Objective 36. People and places adapt to climate change and future shocks and stresses
  • Objective 37. Exposure to natural and urban hazards is reduced
  • Objective 38. Heatwaves and extreme heat are managed
  • Objective 39. A collaborative approach to city planning
  • Objective 40. Plans refined by monitoring and reporting


A Metropolis of Three Cities was informed by significant community feedback and technical input on a range of topics. To download documents please visit background material at the Greater Sydney Commission website.

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