NSW Government Declared Growth Area
Greater Macarthur was declared a growth area by the NSW Government on 6 December 2019. An amendment was made to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) (2006) to identify the Greater Macarthur Growth Area which incorporates Glenfield to Macarthur as urban renewal precincts and Appin as a land release precinct.
The NSW Government has identified Greater Macarthur as a state-led strategic planning project that will involve early investigation and high level planning. This will be led by the NSW Government to inform future rezoning processes.
The Minister has committed to planning the growth area in collaboration with Wollondilly and Campbelltown Council. The declaration as a growth area seeks to spur on investment in education, jobs, recreation and housing while conserving key koala habitats.
The draft Greater Macarthur 2040: an interim plan for the Greater Macarthur Growth Area outlines the high level vision and principles for GM and includes a structure plan.
Council's Position on the Greater Macarthur Growth Area
It is Council’s position that without the early identification, planning for and commitment to infrastructure in Appin, any planning proposals would be inappropriate. For example, the completion of the planning for the Outer Sydney Orbital and the making of the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will be critical to sustainable, managed growth in Appin. For this reason, we see Appin as a long-term prospect and will continue to advocate for Wilton as the priority growth area before land is released for development in Appin.
Council is committed to advocating for great planning outcomes in the Shire. We will continue to work with the NSW Government to undertake long-term planning and studies and to secure a commitment for investment in critical infrastructure and sustainable outcomes.
The NSW Government’s Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has commenced a Technical Assurance Panel (TAP) pilot program for the West Appin precinct in the Greater Macarthur Growth area.
Council has been invited and agreed to participate in the TAP, which involves strategic investigations for precincts with the aim of identifying and resolving key local, state and strategic issues for the area.
Our priority is to make sure the voice of Council and the community is central, setting the right planning framework for the future and securing a commitment for investment in critical infrastructure and sustainable outcomes.
In representing the community on the panel, we aim to protect what makes Appin unique. We want to celebrate the natural and historical assets that characterise the village and make sure they will not be lost.
We also want to see key local issues addressed; such as conservation of natural vegetation and protection of koalas, the draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan, the Outer Sydney Orbital Stage 2, and water management.
Any potential development for Appin would require a major investment in transport and social infrastructure, connected footpaths and cycleways, public open spaces and access to jobs, education, health and other services. Better connections to Wilton and Campbelltown would also be essential.
This is a State declared growth area; however Council is working hard to add value in the early stages with our local understanding, ensuring positive outcomes for our communities.
Council’s participation in the TAP program does not represent endorsement of the current development proposal and our clear position on Greater Macarthur as enshrined in Wollondilly 2040, our LSPS, is that Greater Macarthur should not be developed before appropriate infrastructure is in place.
a) Ministerial Media Release
b) Greater Macarthur 2040 documents
c) Council's Position on Greater Macarthur
See Planning Priority 3 of Wollondilly 2040 Local Planning Statement
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 1300 305 695
Council’s Growth Team on (02) 4677 1100 or email@example.com