Waterloo Metro Quarter
I would like to:
- View the concept plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
- View the information materials that were available at the community information sessions held in May and June 2018
- Understand more about the planning process for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
- Understand more about housing proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
- Understand more about community spaces proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
- Understand more about transport proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
- Understand how my feedback will be used and what happens next
- Contact UrbanGrowth NSW
- Contact Sydney Metro
- Contact NSW Land and Housing Corporation
Contact NSW Land and Housing Corporation
The NSW Government is planning to deliver the benefits of the Metro Quarter ahead of the wider Waterloo Estate redevelopment. Plans for the adjoining Waterloo Estate are currently being drafted and will available for community input shortly. For more information: www.communitiesplus.com.au/waterloo
Call: 1800 738 718
Visit: WaterlooConnect Office at 95 Wellington Street, Waterloo
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
- The new Sydney Metro station (PDF file)
- A new plaza (PDF file)
- Safe and active transport (PDF file)
- New shops and services (PDF file)
- Project timeline (PDF file)
- The planning process for the Metro Quarter (PDF file)
View the concept plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Station and will deliver new homes, shops, community health services, a plaza and a new community facility. The Sydney Metro Station at Waterloo provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make Waterloo one of the most connected inner-city places to live, work and visit.
The concept plan allows for approximately 700 apartments, including social and affordable housing; a new community facility; ground-level retail space, which could include a small supermarket, pharmacy, cafes and other specialty shops; and space for health services, commercial or shared office uses that provide jobs and services closer to home.
What is the planning process for the Waterloo Metro Quarter?
In December 2015, the NSW Government made the decision to locate a new Metro station at Waterloo. The government has now announced that the Waterloo Metro Station will be delivered as an “integrated station development”, meaning that the Metro station underground and the buildings above it will be built at the same time. This will reduce the impacts of construction on the community and make the shops, homes and community facility available sooner.
Transport for NSW (Sydney Metro) and UrbanGrowth NSW have been working closely together to integrate planning for transport and land use at the Waterloo Metro Quarter.
Two linked planning processes are being undertaken to support urban renewal of the Waterloo Metro Quarter.
- Sydney Metro is leading the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a State Significant Development Application (SSDA). On 30 May 2018, Sydney Metro lodged a request with the DP&E for Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARS). This signals the formal commencement of the preparation of the EIS for the Waterloo Metro Quarter. The SSDA will seek approval for the building envelopes shown in the concept plan.
- UrbanGrowth NSW is leading the preparation of a State Significant Precinct (SSP) Study which will seek new zonings, building heights and building floor areas (floor space ratios or FSR) for the site, to deliver new shops, homes, a plaza and a community facility.
Following an engagement process in May and June 2018, Sydney Metro and UrbanGrowth NSW will lodge these planning applications with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in July-August 2018.
The documents will then be put on public exhibition by DPE and submissions sought from the public. We anticipate public exhibition towards the end of 2018.
LAHC will continue to engage with the community on the Waterloo social housing estate redevelopment during the second half of 2018, with the aim of lodging its masterplan with DPE in late 2018.
Once the masterplan is approved, LAHC will then manage the redevelopment of the social housing estate over a 15-20 year period.
Understand more about housing proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
The new Metro station will make Waterloo one of the most connected inner-city places to live, work and visit. As Sydney grows and changes, it makes sense to locate new housing close to transport hubs and to provide services such as shops and community facilities nearby.
UrbanGrowth NSW has taken a design-led approach to planning the Waterloo Metro Quarter. Design of the Metro Quarter has been subject to, and has met, stringent study requirements. The distribution of buildings will be consistent with the NSW Apartment Design Guide, to provide sufficient space between each building and minimise overshadowing to public open space and adjoining units.
The heights of proposed towers are similar to those existing within the Waterloo social housing estate and at nearby centres such as Redfern, Zetland, Moore Park and Green Space Square Town Centre. It is also consistent with housing proposed for other Metro stations in Sydney, including Epping and Crows Nest and rail stations, including St Leonards.
The proposed buildings range from three to 29 storeys and are shown in the concept plan. To give you context, the Matavai and Turanga buildings on the neighbouring social housing estate are both 32 storeys high.
Co-locating housing with transport infrastructure is also commonplace internationally. Examples include Joyce-Collingwood, in Vancouver and Nine Elms and Elephant & Castle, in South London. It is a way for cohesive community transport and living options to be integrated safely.
Understand more about community spaces proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
The Waterloo Metro Quarter has been designed to be safe and vibrant precinct day and night, with a mix of homes, shops and community spaces. From 2022, a new community facility, plaza, retail and homes will be available. From 2024, Sydney Metro will make Waterloo an activated precinct, with fast and reliable turn up and go services 21 hours a day.
A new plaza will become the centre of community life at the Metro Quarter with seating, landscaping, and a range of shops and services. It will be a place for people to shop, meet and gather.
Health and retail services, along with options for other work spaces and employment opportunities, will be incorporated into the Metro Quarter Precinct, with identified places specifically set aside to provide a range of retail offerings at different price points.
Wider footpaths, options for walking and cycling, along with integrated and increased public transport choices combined with active, open green spaces for community participation means a more connected and cohesive community.
Understand more about transport proposed for the Waterloo Metro Quarter
The Metro Quarter will be a new public transport hub that connects Metro, buses, "kiss and ride" and active transport. From 2024, turn up and go Metro services will run 21 hours a day, helping to create a safe and accessible community hub, day and night.
The installation of new, wide footpaths through the site, low speed limits for local roads and new street crossings at Raglan and Wellington Streets will prioritise pedestrians and their safety. In addition, cycling around the Metro Quarter will be encouraged by providing on-street bicycle parking, bicycle storage and associated facilities.
There will be limited car parking for residents – 50 spaces in total are planned – and extensive car share services – 15 spaces are planned – for residents, to ensure that the Waterloo Metro Quarter is prioritises active and public transport.
How will my feedback be used and what happens next?
The proposed plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter has been informed by the visioning engagement held by NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) in late 2017. During that engagement process, more than 1,570 people provided feedback across more than 40 consultation events.
We heard that people wanted the Metro Quarter to provide a range of shops and services, including affordable fresh food, spaces for health and wellbeing, a community facility, and a mix of social and affordable housing. All these uses are included in the proposed plan for the Metro Quarter.
During late May and June 2018, UrbanGrowth NSW undertook further engagement with the community to understand the community and cultural uses you would like to see at the Metro Quarter, as well as the design of the public domain. Close to 250 people were engaged across 11 community engagement events. Thank you to those people who took part and provided feedback. UrbanGrowth NSW will publish a summary of community feedback in July 2018.
Following engagement with the community, UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Metro will submit plans to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in July-August 2018.
Prior to lodgement of the plan with DPE, UrbanGrowth NSW will publish on this website a summary of community feedback and identify how this feedback has informed the submitted plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter. If there are areas where community feedback has not been incorporated into the plan, UrbanGrowth NSW will explain why this is the case.
The plan will then be put on public exhibition by DPE and submissions sought from the public. We anticipate public exhibition towards the end of 2018.