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Waterloo Estate has been identified as one of the locations under the NSW Government’s $22 billion Communities Plus program to deliver new social and affordable housing alongside private housing. The redevelopment of the estate is expected to occur over the next 15-20 years.


Renewal is strategically important for new jobs, homes, and public space close to the economic powerhouse of the Sydney CBD.


The Waterloo precinct was being investigated for rezoning through the State Significant Precinct process. As part of the rezoning investigation of Waterloo Estate, the Department had previously issued study requirements to Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC). You can view the study requirements here (PDF, 547KB).


You can view a map of the Waterloo Estate area.

Waterloo Estate South

Waterloo South covers about 65 percent of the Estate and is the first stage of the rezoning.


From 16 March 2021, The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the Planning Proposal Authority for the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. This means the Department is now responsible for the steps in the Planning Proposal process, for Waterloo Estate South, a council would typically undertake.


Separate to the Planning Proposal Authority role, the Department is also fulfilling the assessment role for Gateway determination. The Department sought advice from an independent advisory group as part of the Gateway process. The advisors were experts in economics, development feasibility, strategic planning and urban design.


Gateway Determination

The decision to allow a planning proposal to proceed to community consultation is known as a gateway determination.


The Gateway determination for Waterloo was made on 23 June 2021. 


The proposal will proceed to public exhibition before the end of the year after a range of technical studies have been updated, including studies for urban design, feasibility and transport. 


The Department will continue to work closely with the City of Sydney (COS) and Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC).


Planning process for Waterloo Estate South 

Step One: Request to change planning rules  Step Two: Referral  Step Three: Assessment  Step Four: Community consultation  Step Five: Finalisation  Step Six: Approval


Steps in the planning process

Step 1.  A request to change the rules on how land can be used in the southern part of the Waterloo estate is submitted. These changes seek to improve the way the area is redeveloped to deliver more liveable homes, parks and community spaces for people with a range of incomes and needs.


Step 2. The proposed changes are submitted to be assessed by the Department with advice from independent experts. This is known as the gateway assessment.


Step 3. A decision is made for the proposal to proceed to the next stage.  The decision is called a gateway determination and will be subject to conditions, such as further investigations, community consultation and set time frames. 


Step 4. The community is given the opportunity to have their say and ask any questions they have about the proposal. This is an important part of the process and helps inform the final local environmental plan.


Step 5. Community feedback and information from any additional investigations is considered and the final plan is prepared and submitted for approval.


Step 6. Once the plan is approved, the new rules for how land can be used are in place. Applications to redevelop the land are made and the building of more liveable homes, parks and community spaces begins. 


Waterloo South FAQs

The decision to allow a planning proposal to proceed to community consultation is known as a gateway determination. For more information on the process and its steps visit

Waterloo Estate Central and North will be subject to separate planning proposals in the future.

The City of Sydney will remain the planning authority for these future proposals.

DAs can be lodged after the rezoning is finalised. This is forecasted for 2022. 

We’re still in the early stages of the process and the community and other stakeholders will be consulted prior to relocation. 

Residents of Waterloo Estate will be provided support and advice throughout the relocation process. 

The CoS and LAHC have provided the department with a range of documentation and advice about what the community has said during previous consultation.

The Department (Planning & Assessment team), as the Planning Proposal Authority, will keep the community up-to-date on the progress and rezoning of Waterloo South. 

The Department’s LEP Planning Portal includes a tracking facility and further information on the Waterloo Planning Proposal endorsed by the CoS on 22 February 2021. 

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Page last updated: 30/06/2021