Lachlan Precinct

In Waterloo

The Lachlan Precinct, in the suburb of Waterloo, is bounded by Lachlan Street, Bourke Street, O’Dea Avenue and South Dowling Street.

 An aerial view of Lachlan precinct in Green Square.

Precinct Vision

In 2009 and 2010 the City of Sydney with consultants HASSELL undertook a detailed urban design study for the precinct which examined the future location and hierarchy of streets, provision of open space, flood mitigation and built form.

The study envisages a precinct which will gradually transition from industrial and warehouse uses to a mixed use residential neighbourhood with high quality built form and public domain. New streets are required to break up the existing industrial lots and achieve permeability through the precinct and connectivity to surrounding areas. The study emphasises the extension of Gadigal Avenue as a vibrant corridor with a mix of uses. Archibald Avenue is promoted as the main street for retail and café activity. Three public open spaces will become further gathering places, with opportunities for both passive and active recreation. Built form will define the public domain, creating lower height local streets, taller primary streets and a pedestrian scale throughout.

History of Planning Controls

Following testing and refinement by City staff, the recommendations from HASSELL’s study have been translated into detailed planning controls.

These controls amend South Sydney Development Control Plan 1997: Urban Design – Part G: Special Precinct No.9: Green Square (the Green Square DCP). These amendments are known as the Lachlan Precinct DCP Amendment and the Wulaba Park Site DCP Amendment.

The Lachlan Precinct DCP Amendment contains detailed built form and public domain controls for the precinct and supports the primary planning controls set in the parent legal instrument, South Sydney Local Environmental Plan 1998. It will facilitate the delivery of approximately 3,500 new dwellings and over 11,000 square metres of public open space. It will also secure new stormwater management infrastructure, a new street network and pedestrian and cycle links. It came into effect in April 2013.

The Wulaba Park Site DCP Amendment is a site specific amendment for a key site consisting of four landholdings: 54A O’Dea Avenue, 56-60 O’Dea Avenue, 879B South Dowling Street and 881-891 South Dowling Street, Waterloo. It contains detailed built form and public domain controls specific to the site and will facilitate a further 500 dwellings and 4,000 square metres of public open space that will also act as a detention basin. It came into effect in August 2012.

2014 Draft Planning Proposal and DCP Amendment

In April 2014 Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee endorsed for public exhibition a draft Planning Proposal and DCP Amendment for the precinct. The draft Planning Proposal and DCP Amendment seek to translate and integrate the current planning controls into Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Sydney Development Control Plan 2012. No significant amendment to the current controls is proposed as part of the integration, however, some minor amendments are necessary to translate the controls into a format compatible with a Standard Instrument compliant LEP. Integrating the controls into Sydney LEP 2012 and Sydney DCP 2012 will provide greater consistency and certainty. The draft Planning Proposal and DCP Amendment are being publicly exhibited in July and August 2014 after which time the outcomes of the public exhibition, along with the finalised controls, will be reported to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. 


Tim Aldham
Specialist Planner
02 9246 7846

Last updated: Friday, 13 March 2015