NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Orchard Hills

At a glance

State-shaping precinct


The Dharug people are the Traditional Custodians of the place we now call Orchard Hills.

With Aboriginal culture and heritage at the heart of planning for the area, the draft vision is for Orchard Hills to be a place that is well connected to transport and a great place to live, work and play.

What's happening now?

The department is planning for the future of the area, releasing a discussion paper to collect community and stakeholder feedback on the early findings and ideas.

The discussion paper is about Orchard Hills, the existing community and what we need to consider when planning for its future.

Get involved

  • Give the department your feedback by Friday 16 December 2022
  • Register your interest in attending an in person, drop-in session on Saturday 3 December.

A recording of the planning for the future of Orchard Hills, online information session held on Thursday 24 November is available to view. Updated frequently asked questions (PDF, 520KB) on the Orchard Hills discussion paper are now available

View the discussion paper and have your say 


Also, in line with the 2022 Housing Package, the department is conducting a range of studies to help us to better understand Orchard Hills. These studies will identify infrastructure such as roads, parks and schools needed by the current community and what will be needed for those who will call Orchard Hills home in the future. The studies will also allow us to better protect the land from natural hazards such as flooding and bushfire.

What happens next?

The preliminary analysis and direction set out in the discussion paper will be further refined by the initial findings from the studies and comments received on the discussion paper.

Feedback provided on the discussion paper will also inform the draft Orchard Hills Precinct Plan.

The draft Orchard Hills Precinct Plan will go on public exhibition in 2023 and the community will again be invited to have their say.

Community consultation and the Independent Community Commissioner

The NSW Government has appointed Professor Roberta Ryan as the Independent Community Commissioner to help with planning for the future of Orchard Hills.

The Community Commissioner is independent of government and will help the community understand the planning process and what any proposed changes may mean. Roberta will also raise community issues and concerns with the Government during the process.


More information

  • For further questions about Orchard Hills, contact the team at orchard.hills@planning.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 420 596, Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm), and select option 2.
  • For translation and interpreting services please phone 13 14 50 and ask for an interpreter in your language to connect you to 1300 420 596. When connected to 1300 420 596 ask to speak to the Orchard Hills planning team.

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