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Penrith Lakes Scheme

Penrith Lakes is governed by the Chapter 5 Penrith Lakes Scheme of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Precincts – Western Parkland City) 2021, hereafter referred to as Penrith Lakes Scheme policy.

The Penrith Lakes Scheme policy includes a Land Zoning Map that shows what is permissible at the site.

Proposed 2021 amendment to the Penrith Lakes Scheme policy

The NSW Government is committed to making Penrith Lakes a destination to play, relax, work and visit.

In August 2021, the department proposed changes to the Penrith Lakes Scheme policy that will increase employment, recreational and tourism opportunities within Western Sydney.

The proposed amendment will:

  • modernise and improve the usability of the Penrith Lakes Scheme
  • strengthen the development assessment process,
  • ensure appropriate contributions to state infrastructure
  • ensure flood management and evacuation are key considerations when proposing development in Penrith Lakes,
  • facilitate potential new land use and employment opportunities in Penrith Lakes and Western Sydney. 

For more information about the proposed changes, read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 150 KB).

Consultation and feedback

The proposed amendment was on public exhibition from 14 August 2021 until 26 September 2021.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback, we are now reviewing all submissions received.

The proposed changes are detailed in the draft consultation paper and supporting materials. These documents are available below.

Find more information related to this amendment at the NSW Planning Portal.

2020 amendment to the Penrith Lakes Scheme policy

The department undertook a strategic assessment in 2020 to extend the boundary of the employment zone. As part of the assessment, we also considered rezoning other land, including a planned constructed wetland, to environment zone to reflect the proposed long-term use of the area.

A Consultation Paper outlining the proposed changes was on public exhibition between April and May 2020, 58 responses were received, and after considering feedback, the amendment was made on 10 July 2020.

The Penrith Lakes Scheme policy was amended to:

  • extend the existing employment zone boundary by 13 hectares and rezone another 12 hectares to environment zone
  • refine the requirements for contributions, geotechnical assessments and plans of management.

For more information and documents related to this amendment go to theNSW Planning Portal.