NSW Department of Planning and Environment

The Department has worked closely with Parramatta and Hornsby councils, and the local community to identify opportunities to revitalise the area and provide for new public spaces, shops, cafes, jobs and homes.

Community consultation

Feedback from the community has played an important part in developing the plans for the precinct. Consultation from April 2013 to March 2014 included:

  • establishing a community reference group to receive briefings, provide feedback on the proposal, and share information with the wider community
  • exhibition of the draft proposal for public feedback
  • two community drop-in information sessions during the exhibition period, with more than 600 people attending
  • a presentation at a meeting organised by the Epping Civic Trust, with more than 500 people attending.

The rezoning proposal for the Epping Town Centre was finalised in March 2014.

Precinct plan

Key features of the plan include:

  • $2.5 million for Hornsby Council to upgrade the sportsground at West Epping and to develop guidelines for the public space around Epping Town Centre
  • $2.5 million for Parramatta Council to upgrade Boronia Park and to improve safety around Rawson and Bridge Streets
  • about 54 ha of the 247 ha have been rezoned for new homes
  • buildings for mixed commercial and residential use within a 400 metre radius of the railway station
  • four new conservation areas, an expanded Epping/Eastwood heritage conservation area and 17 new heritage items.

Delivery program

The NSW Government endorsed the Epping Town Centre as an area of focus in October 2012. This followed the announcement of the construction of the North West Rail Link (now Sydney Metro Northwest), and the release of the 2011 Epping Town Centre Study.

The rezoning is supported by the $550 million Hills M2 upgrade that has been recently completed, and the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest due for completion in 2019. Local intersection upgrades are also being delivered to improve pinch points in the town centre.

Epping railway station already provides good access to many employment and education destinations across Sydney and this will be further improved when the Sydney Metro Northwest is completed.


Page last updated: 25/07/2022