NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Bays West

A connected and vibrant precinct that is an innovative and sustainable place for living, working and recreation

At a glance

State-shaping precinct
 

Bays West Stage 1 Rezoning Proposal

The Bays West Stage 1 Rezoning Proposal was exhibited for public comment from 12 August to 8 September 2022.

The rezoning proposal outlines planning controls to guide development of a new centre for Bays West around the future Bays Metro station and White Bay Power Station.

Rezoning  is the next stage of planning for the White Bay Power Station (and Metro) sub-precinct and this proposal was also informed by feedback from our recent exhibition of the Bays West Stage 1 draft Master Plan.  

The package will help deliver:

  • 4,950 new jobs
  • up to 250 new homes including provision for affordable housing
  • offices, shops, cafes and restaurants
  • social infrastructure such as a multi-purpose community/library hub
  • the historic White Bay Power Station protected and reinvented as a centre of cultural activity
  • about 4.16ha of new public and open space.

Submissions on the rezoning proposal are now closed.

The exhibition documents will remain available on the Planning Portal.

The Bays West Stage 1 draft Master Plan was exhibited for public comment from 4 May to 31 May 2022.

We continue to work with Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW, Port Authority of NSW and other government agencies on planning for Bays West.

 

What happens next

We will carefully consider all feedback and submissions. This feedback will help shape the final planning controls and rezoning package. Finalisation of the rezoning package will allow development applications to be lodged for sites in the Stage 1 area.

Master planning and rezoning for the remaining stages of Bays West will be progressed and exhibited as renewal of the wider precinct continues.

Community feedback will continue to be sought for future sub-precinct master plan and rezoning proposals that will help shape the future of Bays West.

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The vision

Bays West will represent a new kind of Sydney urbanism that respects and celebrates Country. It will build on its natural, cultural, maritime and industrial stories to shape an innovative and sustainable new place for living, recreation and working. New activities, places, connections and destinations will enrich Bays West’s character and meaning over time through built form and public spaces that embrace its natural and cultural heritage.

 

What's happened so far

We have finalised the Bays West Place Strategy (November 2021) to guide the transformation of Bays West into the future.

The place strategy creates a long-term vision for a connected, vibrant Bays West precinct that is an innovative and sustainable new place for living, working and recreation.

We exhibited the draft place strategy from 22 March to 29 April 2021. It included the Bays West Connecting with Country Framework, which acknowledges the history, culture and continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Bays West.

The Bays West Stage 1 draft Master Plan was exhibited from 4 May to 31 May 2022.

Bays West planning timeline

Precinct status name Place Strategy
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Finalised Nov 2021
Precinct status name Stage 1 Master Plan
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Exhibition 4–31 May 2022
Precinct status name Stage 1 Rezoning Proposal
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Exhibition 12 Aug–8 Sep
Precinct status name Stage 1 Rezoning Proposal submissions review
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Sep 2022 –
Precinct status name Stage 1 Rezoning Package
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Finalised late 2022

More information on Bays West

Sydney Metro West

Inner West Council

White Bay Power Station

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