The Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) is currently undertaking the strategic planning for the greenfield land around the airport will unlock opportunities to deliver new jobs and homes supported by key infrastructure in the heart of Western Sydney, bringing us another step closer to realising a 30-minute city.
You can stay up to date with all the latest planning for the Aerotropolis via DPIE’s website, which includes:
The NSW Government appointed Professor Ryan as the Independent Community Commissioner in May 2021 to help address the concerns of landowners in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The Commissioner’s role involves:
Please see visit DPIE’s website for more information.
The determination of flight paths is not within the remit of Western Sydney Airport. Flight paths will be determined by Airservices Australia and the Federal Government with FOWSA providing advice. Flight paths are not yet available.
See fact sheet on the Western Sydney Airport website.
The SEPP (Western Sydney Aerotropolis) 2020 includes a Noise Exposure Contour Map which shows land affected by Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC) contours.
The application of ANEC Contours has implications for noise sensitive development as outlined in Part 3, Section 19 of the WSA SEPP. This includes removing the ability do certain types of development such as secondary dwellings (granny flats).
The SEPP also includes additional build standards to ensure any development will meet the relevant indoor design sound level as set out in the Australian Standards (AS 2021-2015).
You can find out if your land is affected by the Contours in one of the following ways:
The SEPP (Western Sydney Aerotropolis) 2020 includes an Obstacle Limitation Surface Map. This has implications for the height of development in some areas.
The OLS balances the need to ensure a safe operating environment for aircraft with the community's need for clarity about development surrounding the airport. It is important to note that development may still be allowed within the OLS airspace. The purpose of the OLS is to ensure that development within the OLS area is examined for its impact on future aircraft operations and that it is properly taken into account.
The OLS is a conceptual (imaginary) surface associated with a runway, that identifies the lower limits of the aerodrome airspace above which objects (including buildings) become obstacles to aircraft operations. This limit does not provide an indication of nor does it relate to noise impacts.
The National Airports Safeguarding Framework provides guidance on planning requirements for development that affects aviation operations. This includes building activity around airports that might enter operational airspace and/or affect navigational procedures for aircraft.
The framework consists of nine guidelines and can be found on the Department of Infrastructure website.
It is the responsibility of each state and territory to implement the Framework into their respective planning systems. Each state and territory will align their respective planning processes with the Framework principles and guidelines, as they see appropriate.