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State significant projects

The department has an important role in assessing and determining proposals for major development in NSW.

As a department, we have an important role to play in assessing and determining proposals for major projects in NSW.

As part of this, we welcome feedback from the community, government agencies and all other stakeholders during the public exhibition period for all major projects. Your feedback helps us better understand the views of the community, which inform our assessment of the project.

You can make an online submission about a state significant project application during the public exhibition period via the relevant project page at Major Projects.

For exhibitions commencing on or after 1 April 2024, submissions for state significant projects must be made through the NSW Planning Portal. Find out more about how to make a submission.

Major Projects website

Major Projects has a range of great features to make it easier to stay informed and do business with us.

You can:

  • quickly see all state significant projects in your area using map-based search
  • view a range of services and resources to help you navigate the major projects website
  • sign-up and sign-in to your Major Project account to see your personal dashboard and a history of the submissions you have made
  • subscribe and receive automatic email notifications on a project’s progress.

Lendlease Communities, have submitted a request to modify the Calderwood concept plan, seeking approval for additional housing supply.

Amended proposed concept plans for Cockle Bay have been lodged with the department and include a new retail shops, bars and restaurants, along with a commercial office tower up to 195m in height.

The Coffs Harbour Bypass is a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, from Englands Road in the south to Sapphire in the north.

Energy from waste technology involves the thermal treatment of waste or waste-derived materials for the recovery of energy.

In 2016 the department received concept plans for the Harbourside Shopping Centre. The plans include a new retail shopping centre, residential apartment tower, and improvements to the public domain.

The Hunters Hill remediation project relates to three Government owned properties at 7-11 Nelson Parade, Hunters Hill.

The Inland Rail is a freight rail line connection between Melbourne and Brisbane. The route will be approximately 1,700 km in length and include over 1,000 km of major upgrades and enhancements and 600 km of new track via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Ivanhoe Estate is the first major project proposed under the Future Directions policy and Communities Plus program. The concept and Stage 1 works applications for the redevelopment of Ivanhoe Estate have now been approved.

The M6 Motorway (previously F6 Extension) program of works is a proposed multi-lane road link extending from the New M5 Motorway at Arncliffe to the Princes Highway at Loftus. The Stage 1 Application was approved in December 2019.

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project is a twin-track light rail line connecting Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia.

In 2017 the State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) was introduced with provisions that apply to school State Significant Development applications.

In August 2017, Frasers Property Australia lodged a modification application to the Concept Plan Approval for the Shell Cove Boat Harbour Precinct.

The new Sydney Fish Market was approved by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in June 2020. The department assessed two State Significant Developments applications separately for the Concept Proposal and Stage 1 demolition works as well as a Stage 2 works for the construction of the new Sydney Fish Market.

Sydney Metro is a new standalone railway which will include 39 metro stations and more than 90 km of new metro rail, from Rouse Hill to Bankstown through Sydney’s CBD and from Westmead to Sydney’s CBD.

The Art Gallery of NSW has unveiled plans to transform the Gallery through a major expansion. The working title for the project is ‘Sydney Modern’.

In June 2009, the Aboriginal Housing Company received concept approval from the Department for a development in Redfern. The Aboriginal Housing Company named the development the Pemulwuy Project.