NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Williamtown Special Activation Precinct

The Williamtown Special Activation Precinct (the Precinct) delivers jobs and growth to the Williamtown area that capitalises on the emerging aerospace industry around Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport. The area will become a leading defence and aerospace precinct.

During April-June, the department sought feedback from the community, businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders during the exhibition of the draft master plan for the precinct.

We would like to thank the community and other stakeholders for providing feedback on this important plan. Feedback received during the exhibition period will help us better understand the views of the community to inform the final master plan.

The feedback will also help shape the amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts-Regional) 2021 (Precincts Regional SEPP); and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Planning Systems) 2021 (Planning Systems SEPP).

Once finalised the Williamtown Special Activation Precinct master plan will be the 40-year strategic plan for the precinct.

This also means the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 will no longer apply to land within the Precinct, however there are a limited number of clauses that will continue to apply and these are outlined in the discussion paper (PDF, 2 MB).

For further information view our frequently asked questions (PDF, 117 KB) or visit the Planning Portal for a copy of the draft Master Plan and the technical studies.

Next steps

Submissions will now be assessed and considered to inform the final master plan.

All submissions will be published along with a submissions report.

The Williamtown Special Activation Precinct Master Plan is expected to be finalised late 2022.

Once the master plan is finalised:

  • a delivery plan for the precinct will be created. The delivery plan will provide more details such as site-specific development controls, specific strategies for managing environmental impact and ongoing monitoring requirements
  • a State Significant Development (SSD) application will be prepared by Regional Growth NSW Development Corporation to create a complying development pathway.

The delivery and SSD concept plans will go on public exhibition for community and stakeholder feedback in early 2023.

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Page last updated: 31/08/2022