Planning for the future

A major part of the City’s role in Green Square has been to ensure planning controls allow for appropriate growth and development. Our planning controls seek to provide housing and workplaces for a growing population while ensuring development is sustainable, innovative, and respectful of existing neighbourhoods.

The following pages contain key planning documents and information for developers:

Green Square Advisory Committee

The Green Square Advisory Committee provides independent advice to the City of Sydney on the development, coordination and delivery of the Green Square Town Centre public infrastructure. Committee matters cover:

  • project delivery and programming
  • integration with government agencies, developers and other stakeholders
  • planning and delivery risks.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore (Chair) and Councillor John Mant represent Council on the Committee. External advisors are Bob Hayward (independent consultant), Tina Tang (Jattca Property Consulting) and Robert Hawkins (Principal of HASSELL). Councillor Robyn Kemmis is the alternative Chair and Councillor Irene Doutney is the alternative for Councillor John Mant.

Private development

The City of Sydney assesses all the DAs in Green Square, and the Central Sydney Planning Committee also assesses any development costing over $50 million. We have already received DAs for the first buildings in the Green Square town centre.

If you are interested in DAs on exhibition for Green Square and inner south area, you can see the current list here. You can also view hard copies of the DAs at the Green Square Neighbourhood Service Centre, sign up to our DA alerts or contact your local area planner on 02 9265 9333.

UrbanGrowth NSW and Mirvac Green Square are delivering approximately 40% of the private buildings in the town centre.


Mirvac Green Square has started early site establishment works in the town centre, and is now ready to work on the new roads, Ebsworth Street, Tweed Place and Barker Street. Mirvac has set up an information line for Green Square town centre construction queries on 1800 261 610, or by email on

The Green Square area is undergoing constant change and growth, and this can mean that some residents may be living close to construction sites. If you have any issues regarding construction noise, dust, pollution or traffic, do not hesitate to contact the construction liaison officer for the site – the contact details for the officer should always be provided on hoarding signage. 

Celebrating history

Each suburb and precinct that makes up Green Square has a rich social history. The area has been home to Aboriginal people and colonial settlers, a local industrial revolution and a diverse mix of workers and residents from all over the world.

This history and the stories within in it will be celebrated through new developments, with public art being used to interpret past events and important people. The street names in the town centre will celebrate original flora and fauna, the wool and rope
industries, the area’s horse-racing heritage and the people who shaped the area.

Find out more about how the past will shape the future in the Green Square history booklet.


Image: Victoria Park Racecourse, Zetland, 1940s, City of Sydney Archives

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Last updated: Wednesday, 4 March 2015