Statement on Waterloo and Central to Eveleigh Density
Statement on Waterloo and Central to Eveleigh Density

Statement on Waterloo and Central to Eveleigh Density

A draft Central to Eveleigh urban transformation strategy will be considered by government and released publicly for comment later this year.

“This is a blueprint for how we have envisioned growth alongside green space and community facilities in a sustainable manner,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford.

“Our planning is for 80-110 hectares of government owned land in and around the corridor. It considers projected population increases in a wider area to ensure we take a balanced and responsible approach to sustainable growth.”

Claims by the City of Sydney about the number of people per square kilometre at Waterloo are not correct.

“City of Sydney are assuming a consistent high density across the entire Waterloo area, when one of our key approaches is to focus high density around transport and ensure transitions down to lower density in heritage conservation areas,” Mr Pitchford said.

“At present, the draft strategy is contemplating an additional 26,000 people on government land across the whole Redfern, Eveleigh and Waterloo area over the next 15-20 years.

“The proposed density in the Waterloo area concept would be similar to Green Square but with better public transport with the new Waterloo Metro. These densities are lower than comparative projects closer to the CBD such as Central Park and Darling Square.”

This density has taken into consideration both the City of Sydney and Department of Planning and Environment guidelines for apartment design and solar access.

“We have been consulting with the community and the City of Sydney for more than two years to develop the draft strategy for Central to Eveleigh. We look forward to continuing to work with them as plans are developed over the next 18 months,” said Program Director Troy Daly.

“To date we have conducted dozens of meetings with the City of Sydney on the development of the Central to Eveleigh strategy including discussions on the development of the Waterloo concept from July to October last year.

“The community will have an opportunity to not only comment on a draft strategy for the area when it is released, but again on detailed rezoning proposals for precincts of government owned land as these are developed.”

The consultation process has included more than 50 events since 2013 including study nights, drop-in sessions, focus groups, workshops and briefings with both the community and stakeholders on a variety of issues. This has included advertising, local letter box drops and social media.

UrbanGrowth NSW has published background studies on the website to keep the community informed, including a Community infrastructure and Social issues study, Economic Analysis and Sustainability studies, heritage, and interpretation studies. These were supported by four open community study nights where the community presented with the methodology, key findings and had an opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

"We look forward to the next 12-18 months of detailed planning in partnership with the City of Sydney so they can bring all their views to the table," Mr Pitchford said.

Media contact

Adrian Kerr: akerr@urbangrowth.nsw.gov.au