NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Waterloo continues to grow and be a place that people love to live. It offers the advantages of being 3 km from the Sydney CBD and the benefit of a strong and diverse community.

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

The NSW Government has a plan to renew Waterloo south and has proposed changes to the rules for how land can be used.

The proposed plan will deliver new social housing, 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 to support recreational activities like 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.

Public exhibition

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

View Waterloo south map

What happens next?

The revised plan for Waterloo south has been submitted for review against the Gateway conditions and finalisation.

A final decision on the plan will be made by the Minister for Planning and Homes (or their delegate) in late 2022. 

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 and the new rules are in place

Mid-late 2022

New development applications can be submitted

Late 2022


More information

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