Towards the end of October 2017, the Greater Sydney Commission released the revised draft Greater Sydney Region PlanEastern City and the South District Plans. This followed submissions on the initial draft plans by SSROC, councils and other stakeholders. The revised draft plans are now on public exhibition and submissions are due by 15 December 2017.

The SSROC Secretariat and member councils participated in workshops and sessions towards the preparation of the plans and engaged in evidence-based advocacy, particularly on urban liveability and affordable housing, to influence strategies in the plans.

The revised draft Greater Sydney Plan proposes a metropolis of three cities for Greater Sydney: The Eastern Harbour City, the Central River City (Greater Parramatta) and the Western Parkland City (Western Airport and the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis).

The vision of Sydney to 2056 includes three hierarchical centres: strategic centres, district centres and local centres. The plan documents envisage that by 2036, Greater Sydney is to create additional 817,000 jobs and become home to 1.74 million additional people living in more than 725,000 new homes.

The District Plans establish five-year and 20-year housing targets. A total of 46,550 new dwellings are expected in the Eastern City District during the 2016-2021 period. During the same period, 23,250 houses are expected in the South District. The 20-year strategic housing target, 2016 to 2036 is 157,500 for Eastern City District and 83,500 in the South District. Affordable Rental Housing target of 5% to 10% has been proposed by the Commission, subject to viability.

In a first of its kind for Sydney, the revised draft plans have proposed 10 directions and in addition, the Eastern City and South District Plans have 20 Planning Priorities. The 10 directions have measurable metrics for future performance assessment of the implementation of the plan. The Sydney metro and districts plans will guide and inform strategic land use, transport and infrastructure planning across councils in the districts.

The SSROC Secretariat in collaboration with member councils will make a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission on the revised draft Eastern City and South District Plans and the Greater Sydney Region Plan.

To find out more, contact the SSROC Secretariat on 02 8396 3800 or