Wilton Junction Declared Priority Growth Area
Posted on: 29.07.2016
The Minister for Planning, the Hon. Rob Stokes today announced that Wilton Junction has been declared a priority growth area. The declaration means that approximately 4,175 ha of land at Wilton Junction will be reserved for future urban land release.
The Master Plan for the precinct suggests the proposed new town can accommodate up to 16,500 dwellings and 155,000 sqm of commercial / retail space.
The next step in the process, which involves the rezoning of the land, is underway. It is expected that construction of new dwellings may commence in early 2018. This is a threshold moment for Wilton Junction and heralds the next stage of the proposed development of a new community of up to 16,500 homes.
The Wilton Junction Master Plan (which was originally exhibited by Council in late 2012) includes new schools, public transport, road upgrades, employment lands and green-space with a strong and coordinated focus on creating a vibrant new community close to jobs, shops and recreation.
Council’s Mayor Simon Landow said “I am excited to see Wilton Junction being formally recognised as a growth area. Many years of work have gone into the development of the Master Plan and we are committed to ensuring high quality outcomes that set a new benchmark for Master Planned communities”.
General Manager, Luke Johnson said “This is an outstanding opportunity for Wollondilly to establish a flourishing community for current and future generations. It’s not very often that planning for a brand new town the size of Port Macquarie is announced! Ensuring the best Social, Environmental and Economic outcomes is a profoundly important intergenerational responsibility”.
Director Planning, Chris Stewart said that “This announcement effectively reserves the Wilton Junction precinct for future land release. To facilitate this outcome Council will be assessing the appropriateness of further land fragmentation and development to ensure future urban and employment opportunities are optimised”.
The information available on the NSW Department of Planning’s Website also indicates that West Appin is being considered by the State Government for future land release at some time in the future. The 1,289 ha precinct which has the potential for 12,000 homes will form part of the development precinct stretching from Glenfield to Appin. They are expected to commence community consultation regarding the Glenfield to Appin Development Precinct shortly. Wollondilly residents are encouraged to provide feedback to the NSW Department of Planning through their online engagement portal.