Planning proposal: Waterloo estate (south)

The planning proposal for Waterloo estate (south) will change the planning controls to provide a mix of public, affordable and private housing.

Project Status: In progress

What we’re doing

The redevelopment of the Waterloo housing estate by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation is a large-scale project to provide a mix of social, affordable and private housing in Waterloo.

The City of Sydney is responsible for making the planning rules for this site.

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Update

In February 2021, Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee will consider a planning proposal to redevelop the southern part of the Waterloo housing estate.

You can view the meeting agenda and Council report with these links:

Live streaming at all meetings

All meetings, including any speakers, are recorded and broadcast live on our website. You can access the live stream at webcast.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Speaking at committee meetings

You can speak at these committee meetings. Please register to speak by calling Secretariat on 02 9265 9190 or email [email protected].

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About the planning proposal

NSW Land and Housing Corporation lodged a request with the City of Sydney in May 2020 to change the planning controls for the southern part of the Waterloo housing estate. This followed an announcement by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in November 2019 that the City of Sydney is the plan making authority for the Waterloo estate.

The City of Sydney has made some important changes to the request from the NSW Land and Housing Corporation.

The City of Sydney’s planning proposal includes information about new buildings, streets and parks and a mix of private and social and affordable housing. 

The changes will improve the living environment for residents, including:

  • streets and walkways will be wider and easier to navigate
  • there will be a new main street with shops and services
  • more of the buildings will be medium rise
  • there will be fewer towers and these will be at the southern edge of the estate, where they will minimise the overshadowing of apartments 
  • there will be more sunlight and wind impacts will be better managed 
  • we’re also proposing more affordable housing and housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The planning proposal allows for around 3,000 dwellings, which was requested by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation.

The planning proposal includes space for a large park next to the Waterloo metro station and a smaller park. Also, spaces for community facilities, retail and commercial uses.

Current proposal – City of Sydney

View along a paved pedestrian-friendly street flanked by apartment buildings towards a park.
View along a street with ample sidewalks flanked by apartment buildings. There is an outdoor cafe seating.
View of a park with trees, people sitting on a bench, and apartment buildings in the distance.

About the Waterloo south area

Waterloo south is 12.32 hectares – that’s around 65% of the total Waterloo estate.

It currently includes:

  • 749 social housing units owned by NSW Land and Housing Corporation
  • 120 private units and houses
  • some commercial properties.

The area for the redevelopment for Waterloo south is marked in the map below.

Map outlining the areas of redevelopment.

Next steps

  • The planning proposal will now be considered by Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.
  • If Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee support the planning proposal for public consultation, we will seek a gateway determination from the Minister for Planning to allow for formal public consultation.
  • We’ll widely consult and explain the proposal to capture the views of residents and the local community.
  • You can sign up to receive regular project updates and be notified when the community consultation will start.  
 

What this means for tenants in Waterloo south

NSW Land and Housing Corporation is responsible for the redevelopment of the estate. This means it decides who it partners with and who’ll own or manage new social and community housing.

The long-term project includes many steps such as detailed development applications for new buildings. The applications are likely to be assessed by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as NSW Land and Housing Corporation projects over $100 million are state significant development.

The City of Sydney will work with the local community on designs for the new parks and streets.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation said it will give at least 6 months notice to any tenants who must move while the site is being redeveloped. The City of Sydney will work closely with the NSW Government to make sure the wellbeing of existing tenants is prioritised during the changes.

If you have any questions about future tenant relocations, please contact the NSW Land and Housing Corporation on 1800 738 718 or email [email protected].