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The Phase 2 DCP supports the implementation of the Precinct Plan by providing controls to guide development across the initial precincts in the Aerotropolis. The initial precincts for development are Aerotropolis Core, Badgerys Creek, Wianamatta-South Creek, Agribusiness and Northern Gateway Precincts. The Phase 2 DCP was on exhibition for feedback from 8 October until 5 November 2021.


The draft Phase 2 DCP (PDF, 3.3 MB) is not a business as usual approach. Considering feedback received on the Aerotropolis Planning Framework to date, and an ongoing commitment to modernising the planning system, the draft Phase 2 DCP seeks to deliver outcomes through performance-based approaches, and to balance flexibility with certainty for applicants. It is a document for council staff, developers and landowners that provides guidelines for development.


The draft Phase 2 DCP has two accompanying documents: the draft Recognise Country Guideline (PDF, 9.4 MB), and the draft Aviation Safeguarding Guidelines (PDF, 857 KB).


The draft Phase 2 DCP contains specific development controls to support healthy communities, high-quality building design, construction standards, stormwater management, vegetation and canopy cover, and heritage and environmental conservation.


It proposes aspirational controls in areas including Connection to Country, a landscape-led approach, built form, access and movement, and site coverage. In particular, the draft Phase 2 DCP includes:

  • an Aerotropolis-wide focus on Connection to Country, with considerations on Heritage and Connecting to Country being at the forefront of the draft DCP;
  • a landscape-led approach, with specific controls provided for management of Blue and Green Infrastructure to ensure they are considered at the start of the design process;
  • Built form controls with a strong focus on activation of all facades visible from the public realm, not just areas within centres, as well as encouragement of public art and wayfinding signage;
  • a focus on how people will travel to and within the Aerotropolis encouraging sustainable travel choices through strong active transit controls and provision of maximum parking rates; and
  • controls to limit the site coverage of developments and ensure a high level of site permeability so water can enter the groundwater system.


The Western Sydney Aerotropolis Development Control Plan – Phase 1 (Phase 1 DCP) was published on 13 September 2020 and came into effect on 1 October 2020. The Phase 1 DCP identified the precinct planning principles, objectives, and performance outcomes to allow precinct planning to progress. The Phase 1 DCP is superseded by the Phase 2 DCP.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback on the Phase 2 DCP. We will continue to work with councils and industry stakeholders to refine the Phase 2 Development Control Plan and finalise the document in the coming months.


Read the Phase 2 DCP Appendices (PDF, 628 KB)) and Phase 2 DCP Discussion Paper (PDF, 194 KB).


For more information about the draft Phase 2 DCP, read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 146 KB).


The Recognise Country: Guidelines for Development in the Aerotropolis (Guidelines)

The Western Sydney Aerotropolis Plan’s (WSAP) overarching objective to recognise Country has shaped the proposed future footprint of the Aerotropolis. It focuses on Acknowledging Traditional Custodians and providing opportunities to Connect with Country, Design for Country and Care for Country when planning for the Aerotropolis.


The draft Recognise Country: Guidelines for Development in the Aerotropolis (Guidelines) (PDF, 9.36 MB) have been prepared to support and guide proponents, landowners and assessment officers in the implementation of requirements relating to Country and Aboriginal culture in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Phase 2 Development Control Plan (DCP) and meet the overarching objective of the WSAP to ‘Recognise Country’.


The Guidelines set out the importance of meaningful consultation to appreciate Country and the opportunities to incorporate links with Country into development planning. The Guidelines include case studies, and guidance for the development industry.


The Guidelines and associated Phase 2 DCP chapter were developed in collaboration with Aboriginal planning consultants, cultural advisors, agencies, and councils. Additional targeted consultation has informed this work, including with several Dharug and Dharawal Traditional Custodians, knowledge holders and Local Aboriginal Land Councils. The intent of the draft Guidelines is to assist consent authorities, proponents, and landowners in responding to and implementing elements of Connecting to Country, Caring for Country, and Designing with Country in the Aerotropolis.


For more information about the draft Guidelines, read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 101 KB).


Aviation Safeguarding Guidelines

The draft Aviation Safeguarding Guidelines - Western Sydney Aerotropolis and surrounding areas (PDF, 857 KB) have been developed to assist relevant planning authorities, consultants and proponents when assessing and preparing development applications which are impacted by aviation safeguarding controls; to protect community safety and amenity and safeguard the 24-hour operations of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSI).


Several aviation planning constraints (relating to noise, operational airspace, lighting, wildlife, wind turbines and communication, navigation, and surveillance facilities) extend beyond the Aerotropolis boundary.


These guidelines will be used by relevant planning authorities to help inform land use planning decisions and by proponents to prepare applications on land impacted by aviation safeguarding controls.


For more information about the draft Guidelines, read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 105 KB).

Page last updated: 02/08/2022