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The NSW Government is committed to developing Penrith Lakes as a destination to play, relax, work and visit.


In 2020 we assessed Penrith Lakes and made a small extension to the existing employment zone boundary and added to the environment zone to protect land with environmental value.


The Penrith Lakes SEPP lists the type of uses allowed in the different land zones in Penrith Lakes.


These changes help strengthen and streamline the development assessment process, facilitate development in the area and deliver the Penrith Lakes Scheme.


What's happening now?

Penrith Lakes Water Management Plan

Following over 9 years of cooperation with the major landowner of the Penrith Lakes Scheme, Penrith Lakes Development Corporation, the department has endorsed the Penrith Lakes Water Management Plan (WMP).


The WMP is based on research and evidence and ensures good water quality and adequate water quantity for the 723 ha of lakes and the planned 32 ha of wetlands and smaller water bodies at Penrith Lakes.


It will guide future best practice management of the Penrith Lakes Scheme.


There are four key principles within the WMP:

  • water quality management at the source
  • use of detention basins and wetlands to enhance water quality prior to water entering the lakes system
  • diverse land-based ecosystems
  • healthy aquatic ecosystems.


View the Water Management Plan


More information

For more information about the Water Management Plan you can:

  • email us at
  • call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you prefer an interpreter, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

Page last updated: 21/10/2020