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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.

More information

  • find out more about the planning process at the Greater Sydney Commission website
  • you can also contact us by phone on 1300 305 695 and
  • if English is not your first language phone 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language, then ask to be connected to the Department of Planning and Environment on 1300 305 695.