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Priority growth areas and precincts

At a glance

  • 3,900 dwellings including new social housing
  • Changes to density and building forms to facilitate a range of housing types
  • Realignment of the street, cycleway and pedestrian network
  • New open space, including two larger parks and three pocket parks
  • New community facilities and services, along with zoning for local retail shops

State-shaping precinct: precincts that typically create substantial, additional economic value, and are led by multiple agencies in partnership with local council. These require a significant level of whole-of- NSW government leadership.


Riverwood is home to a strong and growing community, offering easy access to public transport and open space.

Riverwood Estate is close to Riverwood station, with access to jobs in the Sydney CBD and around the airport. It currently has around 1,000 social housing dwellings, private dwellings and council-owned land on more than 30 hectares. The Minister for Planning declared Riverwood a State Significant Precinct (SSP) on 5 March 2021. This means that the rezoning for the precinct will be led by the NSW Government.

What's happening now

NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) prepared a rezoning proposal for Riverwood Estate. Proposed changes to planning controls in Riverwood aim to create a vibrant and connected community with a mix of modern social and private housing, together with shops, community facilities, parks, cycleways, and open spaces.

The rezoning proposal was on exhibition from 12 August to 25 September 2022. The department is completing a final assessment of the rezoning proposal. In doing so it will consider all feedback received from the community, government agencies and councils and will carefully assess the proposal’s merits, including its compliance with policies and its alignment with broader strategies in Sydney.

View the proposed plan

What’s happened so far

NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has prepared a rezoning proposal for the estate. The department has undertaken an assessment of adequacy of the proposal against study requirements (PDF, 789 KB) in consultation with City of Canterbury Bankstown and Georges River councils.

The study requirements for Riverwood include preparation of a place framework to embed planning for Country and an overall design that specifically suits this site in the studies and assessment. The department has worked together with the councils to review LAHC’s proposal to ensure NSW Government priorities for revitalised social housing are delivered in line with a plan that responds appropriately to the local environment, community and economy.

What happens next

On completion of the final assessment, the rezoning is expected to be finalised in 2023.


Proposal exhibition

August 2022

Have your say by 25 September 2022.

Response to submissions

Late 2022

Feedback from the exhibition will inform the final rezoning package and new planning controls for the precinct.



Rezoning is expected to be finalised.