NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Waterloo south

The Gadigal people of the Eora Nation are the Traditional Custodians of the place we now call Waterloo.

The NSW Government is renewing Waterloo south and has changed the rules for how land can be used. The plan was finalised on 11 November 2022 and will come into effect when contributions for infrastructure are finalised this year.

The plan supports the delivery of new social and affordable housing and private homes with access to improved community facilities, shops and transport. There will be an additional 2.5 hectares of public open space provided for field sports, cycling and walking.

Importantly, the plan will see at least 847 social housing homes built, almost 100 more homes than currently on the site. Additionally, around 7% of new homes will be set aside for affordable housing.

The plan builds on the strengths and character of the area and supports the needs of the growing number of people who call Waterloo home.

Planning proposal

The proposed plan for Waterloo south was on public exhibition from 3 March to 29 April 2022. We thank the community for sharing their feedback during this time.

The department reviewed all feedback received during the exhibition period. We also carried out additional investigations needed to better understand the issues raised during this time.

Changes to the proposed plan

After careful consideration of the feedback received during public exhibition and findings from the additional studies, the department made improvements to the plan that:

  • remove the proposed opening of Pitt Street to McEvoy Street
  • make the purpose of the design guide clearer
  • make information more consistent across the planning documents and better aligned with local planning rules
  • provide greater flexibility and opportunity for innovation in building designs
  • update the plan to meet with current state planning policy.

The planning documents have also been updated to include:

  • updated traffic report
  • crime prevention through environmental design report
  • updated urban design report
  • additional sunlight and shadow studies.

You can read the submissions, Finalisation Report and supporting documentation, including a response to the submissions received on the Planning Portal.

View Waterloo south map

What happens next?

The Land and Housing Corporation as the landowner has worked with the City of Sydney to develop plans to deliver the infrastructure needed to support new businesses, communities and homes in the estate. This is known as a planning agreement.

The department has released the planning agreement, and it is open for public feedback until Monday 20 February 2023. Frequently asked questions (PDF, 148 KB) on the planning agreement are now available.

Once the agreement is finalised, the changes to zoning will come into effect and new development applications can be submitted.

All future development will go through the development application process, including consultation with the community, before any development can begin.

Planning process for Waterloo south

A new plan for Waterloo south was proposed

May 2020

The plan was sent to the department for review

March 2021

The plan was made public and open for feedback

June 2021

Feedback was considered, and the plan was revised

March 2022

The revised plan was submitted for finalisation

July 2022

The plan is finalised

November 2022

Plans to deliver infrastructure are released

January 2023

Infrastructure plans are finalised and new rules are in place


New development applications can be submitted



More information

For more information on the plan for Waterloo south you can: