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They are typically large sites owned by the state government that are of state or regional importance for:

  • achieving government policy objectives, particularly those relating to increasing delivery of housing and jobs
  • environmental or natural resource conservation
  • heritage or historical significance.

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.

State Significant Precinct State Environmental Planning Policy

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.

State Significant Precincts Guideline

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.

Criteria for a State Significant Precinct

A State Significant Precinct must:

  • be a large area of land within a single ownership or control, typically Government owned
  • be of State or regional importance in achieving Government policy objectives, particularly those relating to increasing delivery of housing and jobs
  • be of State or regional importance for environmental or natural resource conservation
  • be of State or regional importance for heritage or historical significance.

Learn more about SSP Process.


About SSP Process


Parramatta North

Parramatta North
Parramatta North will be revitalised by restoring and protecting existing heritage buildings and infrastructure. The area will become a vibrant place to live with new homes, shops, restaurants, cafes and parks.
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Elizabeth Street Redfern

Elizabeth Street, Redfern

The Department is working with the Department of Family and Community Services, Land and Housing Corporation (FACS) to help deliver new social housing in Elizabeth Street, Redfern.

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Central Precinct

Central Precinct

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.

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Redfern Waterloo Authority Sites - North Eveleigh West

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

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
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The Bays

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

Riverwood Estate

Riverwood Estate

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.

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Waterloo is set to become even more vibrant and diverse through a NSW Government urban renewal program that will deliver new homes, shops, major transport services, community facilities, parks, and open spaces over the next 20 years.
Read about the plans for Waterloo
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5 steps to investigate potential State Significant Precincts

The State Significant Precinct process is used when investigating potential precincts.

Read more about the State Significant Precinct process