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

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State-shaping precinct
 

Bays West Stage 1 draft Master Plan

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

The feedback that we received will help us finalise the Stage 1 Master Plan and shape the future of Bays West.

The draft master plan will inform development and planning controls for the area around the White Bay Power Station and the future Bays Metro station.

We have worked with Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW, Port Authority of NSW and other government agencies to prepare the draft master plan.

Bays West Stage 1 builds on the vision of the Bays West Place Strategy and reflects community feedback from the public exhibition of the place strategy in 2021. It includes the draft master plan and Urban Design Framework for the White Bay Power Station (and Metro) sub-precinct and the Robert Street sub-precinct.

View the exhibition documents on the planning portal.

Watch a video showing how the sub-precinct might look.     

The draft master plan aims to build on the opportunities created by the upcoming Bays Metro station by outlining a new centre that will support the broader Bays West area with:

  • offices, shops, cafes and restaurants
  • social infrastructure such as a community centre and indoor sports centre
  • the historic White Bay Power Station protected and reinvented as a centre of community activity, and
  • about 2 hectares of green public open space.
 

What happens next

We will carefully consider all feedback and submissions. This feedback will help shape the final master plan package and prepare a rezoning proposal, which will be exhibited for further feedback later this year.

The remaining Bays West sub-precincts will be master planned and rezoned as renewal of the wider precinct continues.

Community feedback will be sought over time on subsequent sub-precinct draft master plans and rezoning proposals to 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.

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 Master Plan
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Submissions review
Precinct status name Stage 1 Master Plan
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Finalisation mid 2022
Precinct status name Stage 1 rezoning
Completed phase
Tmeline dates Exhibition mid/late 2022

More information on Bays West

Sydney Metro West

Inner West Council

White Bay Power Station

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