A new approach to precinct planning has been developed to provide certainty and a way forward for precincts. This is part of our work to centre the planning system around people, places, public spaces and the environment, putting greater responsibility for planning in the hands of councils and local communities.
State Significant Precincts are areas with state or regional planning significance because of their social, economic or environmental characteristics.
They are typically large sites owned by the state government that are of state or regional importance for:
The urban renewal process for State Significant Precincts (SSP) involves comprehensive assessment to determine the development potential of these areas, carefully considering environmental and social factors, and identifying the infrastructure needs of the future population.
Plans are typically prepared by the relevant government agency and assessed by the Department, working closely with the community and local council.
These plans respond to NSW government strategies for providing well designed buildings and public spaces, healthy environments with open space networks, trees, and links to public transport and road networks as well as jobs and housing. Consultation with the community and government agencies is a critical part of the SSP process.
Amendments to the zones and planning controls for State Significant Precincts (SSP) can be made through a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP). This can be approved by the Minister for Planning for any matter that the Minister considers to be of state or regional planning significance (section 3.29 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979).
In most cases, the SEPP will amend the relevant local environmental plan(s). These amendments will be supported by more detailed planning controls set out in a development control plan.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005 is at the Legislation NSW website.
The State Significant Precincts Guideline 2016 (PDF, 1.45 MB) sets out the process for the rezoning of State Significant Precincts.
The SSP process applies to a limited number of special precincts where the Government has an on-going role. Where Government agencies identify and recommend a precinct, the Department determines their significance to State or regional planning objectives and make a recommendation to the Minister against the criteria.
A State Significant Precinct must:
Elizabeth Street, Redfern
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation is planning to deliver more social housing in the inner city and further the aims of the Communities Plus program.Read more about Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Central Sydney is set to become an epicentre for innovation and technology. Establishing Sydney as a global leader in collaboration and jobs for the future.Read about the future of Central Sydney
North Eveleigh West
UrbanGrowth NSW is working in partnership with Transport for NSW to facilitate the renewal of the North Eveleigh West site, located within the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Sites State Significant Precinct (SSP).Read about the renewal of the North Eveleigh West site
Sydney Olympic Park
The review of the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 identifies opportunities to transform the precinct into a thriving urban centre with a new school, five additional or enhanced parks, employment opportunities, residential communities and retail.Read about our plans for Sydney Olympic Park
The Bays Precinct
The Planning Minister has determined that the urban renewal of land within The Bays Precinct is a matter of State planning significance, and agreed to investigate the area as a State Significant Precinct.Read about The Bays Precinct
We want to create vibrant, attractive and well-connected communities, where people can live and work with good access to public transport, community facilities, open spaces and shops.View more about Riverwood Estate
The State Significant Precinct process is used when investigating potential precincts.Read more about the State Significant Precinct process