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Precincts – a new approach

The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces has recently announced a new approach to precinct planning in NSW. This will mean a change of approach to planning for Bays West while the Bays Market District will remain a State-led rezoning.


Inner West Council and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment will plan collaboratively with input from the community for the future of Bays West.


Infrastructure NSW (formerly UrbanGrowth NSW) is developing a vision for the growth and development of the Bays Market District over the next 20-30 years. Master plan options are being developed alongside the redevelopment of the new Sydney Fish Market. It is anticipated that Infrastructure NSW will consult the community on the master plan options in 2020. The Department of Planning Industry and Environment will continue to work collaboratively with the City of Sydney on the Bays Market District State Significant Precinct.

Previous proposal

In October 2015, UrbanGrowth NSW released their ‘Transformation Plan: The Bays Precinct, Sydney’, which sets out a strategy for the transformation of The Bays Precinct. It identifies eight destinations within The Bays Precinct including:

  • Bays Market District
  • Bays Waterfront Promenade
  • Wentworth Park
  • Glebe Island
  • White Bay
  • White Bay Power Station
  • Rozelle Rail Yards
  • Rozelle Bay and Bays Waterways


New Sydney Fish Market

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will have a key role in assessing the new fish market applications as it is State Significant Development (SSD).


We have consulted with other Government agencies and local councils to determine the scope of the environmental and technical studies that INSW will need to address. This is known as the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). INSW will use the SEARs to prepare the SSD applications and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).


Two SSD applications and EIS have now been submitted for:


Both development applications were on exhibition until 13 November 2019.


Further details can be found on the Major Projects website.


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Page last updated: 03/12/2019