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We’re committed to creating an efficient planning system that keeps our economy moving and people in jobs and creates public benefit.


Following the completion of the Planning System Acceleration Program, the department will continue to deliver quality assessments across major projects and planning proposals.


The Horizon program builds on assessment acceleration and aims to bring new momentum to our everyday assessment activity.
Projects in the program include:

  • Concept plans
  • Major projects (determined by the department)
  • Major projects (determined by the Minister, provided the determination is completed within the set period)
  • Major projects (referred to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC), provided the referral is completed within the period)
  • Planning proposals (finalised by the department, provided it is finalised within the period)
  • State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) related to land zoning only.


Over the next three years we will cut assessment timeframes and unblock projects stuck in the system as active management of projects becomes ‘business as usual’.


Public benefit

Horizon projects for determination or referral to the IPC across December 2020 and January 2021 are expected to provide 24,603 jobs, and $9.74 billion economic value across 41 projects.


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Horizon projects

December/ January projects

List of projects to be determined or referred to the IPC by 29 January 2021.


Major projects

Project Description
Project Hume Battery Energy Storage System Description A battery energy storage facility, with a maximum storage capacity of 20 MW / 40 MWh.
Project Kemps Creek Warehouse, Logistics and Industrial Facilities Hub Description Development of a warehouse, logistics and industrial facilities hub including construction and operation of eight warehouses at Kemps Creek.
Project Baiada Integrated Poultry Processing Facility Description Construction and operation of an integrated poultry processing plant with the capacity to process 3 million birds per week.
Project Mangoola Coal Continued Operations Project Description Extension of open cut mining at Mangoola Coal Mine to a new area to extract approximately 52 million tonnes of additional ROM coal.
Project Culcairn Solar Description Development of a 350 megawatt solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure at Culcairn.
Project Sydney Business Park Stage 3 Description Construction and operation of Stage 3 of Sydney Business Park, including four warehouse and distribution centres, roads and infrastructure.
Project Central Sydney Industrial Estate and Downer Sustainable Road Products Complex Description Subdivision and infrastructure works to create a new 35 hectare Central Sydney Industrial Estate and Stage 1 works for the development and operation of Downer’s Sustainable Road Products Complex.
Project Yarren Hut Solar Description Development of a 28 MW solar farm and associated infrastructure near Nyngan, New South Wales.
Project Darlington Public School Description Construction of a multi-storey school building consisting of 19 new homebases, new administration and staff facilities, new library and special programs rooms, new hall and canteen facilities and three new preschool classrooms.
Project Alesco Senior College, Charlestown Description Alterations and adaptive reuse of a former church for the purpose of a new school to cater for up to 60 students (Years 9 to 12).
Project Redfern Concourse Description Construction of a new concourse at the southern end of Redfern station providing direct access to platforms 1-10 and Little Eveleigh Street.
Project St Patrick's College Description Demolition of existing sports courts and construction of a new four-storey Science and Learning building with basement car park and rooftop sports courts, outdoor sports courts and landscaped civic space at the ground level.
Project Blue Gum Community School Description Alterations and additions to, and change of use of, an existing dwelling for the purpose of a child care centre and primary school at Hornsby.
Project Western Harbour Tunnel Description A new crossing of Sydney Harbour involving twin tunnels connecting WestConnex at Rozelle and the existing Warringah Freeway at North Sydney, and upgrade of the Warringah Freeway to connect with the Beaches Link and the Gore Hill Freeway Connection.
Project USYD Darlington Terraces Student Housing Description Alterations and additions to the Darlington Road terraces and Darlington House to provide a mix of university related uses including: student accommodation; study areas; meeting rooms; teaching facilities; and public domain improvements.
Project Saints Peter and Paul Assyrian Primary School Description Construction of a new primary school for up to 630 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Cecil Park.
Project Sydney International Speedway Description Construction and operation of a new speedway (Sydney International Speedway) including a clay-based racetrack, support infrastructure for competitors, support infrastructure for spectators and ancillary infrastructure and services.
Project 42 Honeysuckle Drive Description Mixed use development including commercial/retail uses and hotel accommodation.
Project Taronga Zoo - Upper Australia Precinct Description Refurbishment of the existing Upper Australia Precinct.
Project Crows Nest Over Station Development Description Concept development application for an Over Station Development (OSD) above the new Crows Nest Metro station, including maximum building envelopes, gross floor area, conceptual land uses, car spaces and signage zones.
Project Hills Showground Station Precinct Description Concept proposal for a mixed-use precinct adjacent to the Hills Showground Station, including maximum gross floor area for residential and non-residential land uses, building envelopes, parking rates, principal subdivision and public open space.


Planning proposals

Project Description
Project Administrative amendments to heritage items, flooding provisions, and development standards Description Administrative Amendment (No. 24) of the Orange Local Environmental Plan 2011.
Project Wallarah Description Rezoning for employment lands and environmental conservation at the Central Coast.
Project Amendments to address mapping errors and minor changes to zones, land use tables, non-mandatory Description Part of a periodical review by Lismore City Council of the Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP 2012).
Project Environmental Zone Implementation - Stage 2 Description The proposal seeks to implement the Northern Councils Environmental Zone Review final recommendations by applying appropriate zones to land which is currently deferred from the Byron LEP 2014.
Project Review of the R1 General Residential Zone Description To create greater consistency and public confidence in the application of the primary residential zones across the Mid Coast area in the short-term.
Project Blacktown LEP 2015 (Amendment 9) - Rezoning and reclassifying 23 Council owned sites Description Reclassification of land from community to operational; improvement of existing parks and creation of new parks and recreational areas.
Project Amendment to SEPP (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 - Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park Description Planning proposal to amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 to rezone lots at Goshawk Avenue, Marsden Park from RE1 Public Recreation to R2 Low Density Residential.
Project Botany Bay LEP 2013 - Deletion of Clauses 4.3(2A) and 4.4B Description Allow a merit-based objection to the height of building map standard and allow council to assess height and bulk of development on a merit based, site by site basis.
Project Amendment of Schedule 1 Additional Permitted Uses to enable airport-related land uses Description Introduce additional permitted uses relating to Sydney Airport on land located to the north of the airport at Mascot, to enable a wider range of uses related to and compatible with the operation of the airport.
Project Campbelltown LEP 2015 - Rezoning 26 Mercedes Road, Ingleburn Description Alter development controls to two side-by-side sites to R2 low density residential.
Project Housekeeping and LSPS LEP Amendment Description Extension of Marramarra National Park (at Coba Point, Berowa) and expanded Design Excellence clauses.
Project Penrith LEP 2010 (Amendment No.17) - Mulgoa Road and Retreat Drive, Penrith - Panthers site Description The revitalisation of the Penrith Panthers site to include a mixed use residential and commercial precinct.
Project 95 Great Southern Road, Bargo (Amendment No. 30) Description Protection of vegetation along the creek and provision of 150 additional dwellings for the community.
Project Central Sydney Modern Movement Heritage Items Description Proposal to list nine heritage items that are examples of modern post-war buildings and artworks.
Project 46 Chisholm Street, Darlinghurst Description Potential retention of significant heritage buildings.
Project The Hills LEP 2019 - Introduce exempt development criteria for advertising on public infrastructure Description Proposal to amend the Hills LEP to identify the site as a local heritage item.
Project Penrith LEP 2010 Reclassification of Council owned land in St Marys and Penrith from Community to Operational Description Introduce exempt development criteria for advertising on public infrastructure including bus shelters, seats, street signs and bridges for all land to which the Penrith LEP applies.
Project Amendment to SEPP (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 - Box Hill and North Kellyville Description Introduce exempt development criteria for advertising on public infrastructure including bus shelters, seats, street signs and bridges.


State-led rezonings

Project Description
Project West Schofields Precinct Description Rezoning to ensure future residents will benefit from local and regional parks, a local centre, a new primary school, new and improved road networks and environmental conservation areas, including 40 hectares of open space, consisting of parks, cycleways and 11 playing fields.
Project Carter Street Precinct Description Rezoning to result in a three hectares of public open space, a site for a new primary school, a new 1,000m2 community facility and land for the widening of Hill Road.

List of projects determined or referred to the IPC by 30 November 2020.

These projects were expected to provide 12,622 jobs, 3,040 dwellings, and $5.9 billion economic value across 17 projects.


Major projects

Project Description
Project Temperature Controlled Warehouse Facility Description Development of Lot 4 at the Bringelly Road Business Hub at Liverpool for use by light industry.
Project Tamworth Solar Farm Description Development of a 65 MW solar farm with energy storage and associated infrastructure at Tamworth.
Project Bonshaw Solar Farm Description Development of a 200 MW solar farm, energy storage facility and associated infrastructure near Dubbo.
Project Liverpool Hospital redevelopment Description Construction and operation of an Integrated Services Building and refurbishment works for Liverpool Hospital.
Project Liverpool Hospital multi-storey carpark Description Construction and operation of a seven level carpark at Liverpool Hospital, including 1,097 car and 55 motorcycle parking spaces.
Project Chatswood Education Precinct Description Upgrades, including new building works and refurbishment works, at Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School.
Project St Francis College Stage 1 – landscaping Description Landscaping works along the southern and eastern boundaries of St Francis College at Liverpool.
Project Coffs Harbour Bypass Description An upgrade to approximately 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway to create a bypass near Coffs Harbour.
Project Lindfield Learning Village Description Phase 2 and Phase 3 works for the Lindfield Learning Village at Ku-ring-gai.


Planning proposals

Project Description
Project Anambah Investigation Area Description To rezone approximately 480 hectares of land in the Maitland area to facilitate the development of up to 3,000 lots, ensure protection of environmentally sensitive land and provision of associated commercial, community, and recreational outcomes.
Project Amendment No.54 Reclassify land at Kirkham Street, Moss Vale, from Community to Operational Description Amend the Wingecarribee LEP 2010 to reclassify land at Moss Vale to enable its sale.
Project Amendment No.54 Retford Park Reclassification Rowland Road, Bowral (Lot 38 DP 882935) Description Amend the Wingecarribee LEP 2010 to reclassify land at Bowral to provide an access road to the proposed location of the Southern Highlands Regional Art Gallery.
Project Rezone part of 2155 Sutton Road, Sutton to R2, 20 dwellings Description Amend the Yass Valley LEP 2013 to rezone a parcel of land to support the Yass Valley Council Masterplan for the village of Sutton and surrounds.
Project Parramatta LEP 2011 142 154 Macquarie Street, Parramatta Description Amend the Parramatta LEP 2011 to enable a higher density of development and mix of residential and commercial land uses to support the NSW Government’s Plan for Growing Sydney, Parramatta City Centre Vision 2007 and Draft Parramatta CBD Planning Framework 2014.
Project 42 50 and 52 60 Railway Parade, Burwood Description To increase the maximum building height and floor space ratio for 42-50 and 52-60 Railway Parade, Burwood to facilitate a mixed-use development.
Project Liverpool LEP 2008 (Amendment No. 54) Reclassification and Rezoning of parts of Hammondville Park, Heathcote Road and Hammondville Description To amend the Liverpool LEP 2008 to rezone part of Hammondville Park and facilitate potential development outcomes for the land, including a roadside convenience use and recreation or community use.
Project Fairfield LEP 2013 (Amendments Stage) Description Housekeeping amendments to extend the timeframe for temporary uses at the Fairfield Showground Site for major cultural recreational events; promote activation of town centres and opportunities for commercial enterprise; and, encourage design excellence for new developments.

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