State government plans and strategies

In March 2018 the State government released three plans in concert to provide an integrated vision for the state. The Greater Sydney Commission, Transport for NSW and Infrastructure NSW finalised the following plans in March 2018:

  • A Metropolis of Three Cities - Greater Sydney Region Plan
  • Future Transport 2056
  • Building Momentum  - State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038

A Metropolis of Three Cities - Greater Sydney Region Plan

Greater Sydney Commission

Finalised in March 2018 the Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, aims to rebalance growth and deliver its benefits more equally and equitably to residents across Greater Sydney. The Plan focusses on the concept of three individual cities, the Eastern Harbour City focussed around the traditional Central Business District, the Central River City based around Parramatta, and the Western Parkland City focussed around the future Western Sydney Airport and surrounding centres. Each city will evolve around the concept of a 30 minute city that connects people to jobs, homes and leisure. The Plan aims to rebalance economic and social opportunities to Western Sydney to develop a more equitable and connected city.

The Plan sets out a vision, objectives, strategies and actions for Greater Sydney and focusses on 10 directions set under the concepts of Infrastructure and Collaboration, Liveability, Productivity, and Sustainability. The vision brings new thinking to land use and transport patterns to boost Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability by spreading the benefits of growth. This will be achieved by collaborations between all tiers of government and the community.

This Plan was finalised in March 2018.

Click here to view A Metropolis of Three Cities - Greater Sydney Region Plan

Future Transport 2056

Transport for NSW

Future Transport 2056 is a suite of strategies and plans developed to provide an integrated vision for Transport in New South Wales. This plan sets the 40 year vision, directions and outcomes framework, with the infrastructure and services plans underpinning the delivery of these directions across the state.

Future Transport 2056 is a new approach to planning where customers, industry and communities are engaged through ‘co-operative design’, where stakeholders are engaged early in the design process.

This Plan was finalised in March 2018.

Click here to view the Future Transport 2056 website

Building Momentum - State Insfrastructure Strategy 2018-2038

Infrastructure New South Wales

Released in February 2018 and finalised in March 2018, this 20-year Strategy sets out Infrastructure NSW's independent advice on the current state of NSW's infrastructure and the needs and priorities over the next 20 years. It looks beyond the current projects and identifies policies and strategies needed to provide infrastructure that meets the needs of a growing population and a growing economy.

The Plan is set out under 3 themes, strategic, geographic and infrastructure.

This Plan was finalised in March 2018.

Click here to view Building Momentum - State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038

Greater Sydney Commission

The Greater Sydney Commission is responsible for metropolitan planning in Sydney.

Established by an Act of Parliament, the Commission's functions include the development and implementation of district plans, determining regionally significant development applications and act as the consent authority on rezoning proposals formerly determined by the Minister. The Commission is an independent organisation funded by the NSW Government.

The Greater Sydney Commission leadership comprises:

  • Four Greater Sydney Commissioners
    • Chief Commissioner: Lucy Hughes Turnbull
    • Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner: Geoff Roberts
    • Environment Commissioner: Roderick Simpson
    • Social Commissioner: Heather Nesbitt
  • Five District Commissioners
    • Interim District Commissioner –  Western City: Geoff Roberts
    • District Commissioner –  Central City: currently vacant
    • District Commissioner –  Eastern City: Maria Atkinson
    • District Commissioner –  North: Dr Deborah Dearing
    • District Commissioner –  South: Morris Iemma
  • Ex-officio Members
    • Secretary, NSW Treasury: Michael Pratt
    • Secretary, NSW Department of Planning and Environment: Carolyn McNally
    • Secretary, Transport for NSW: Rodd Staples
  • Chief Executive Officer
    • Sarah Hill

District Plans

The Greater Sydney Commission has 5 District Plans that are a guide for implementing A Metropolis of Three Cities - the Greater Sydney Region Plan at a District level.

These 20-year plans are a bridge between regional and local planning. They inform local environmental plans, community strategic plans and the assessment of planning proposals. The District Plans also help councils to plan and deliver for growth and change, and to align their local planning strategies to place-based outcomes.

Ku-ring-gai is in the North District, together with the following Councils: Ryde, Hornsby, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Mosman and Hunters Hill.

In March 2018 the Greater Sydney Commission released the finalised North District Plan.

This Plan provides a 20 year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40 year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future. It is a guide to implementing the Greater Sydney Region Plan at district level and is a bridge between regional and local planning.

This Plan was finalised in March 2018.

Click here to view the District Plans

North District Plan

Greater Sydney Commission has split the Sydney Metropolitan Area into 5 districts. Ku-ring-gai is in the North District, together with the following Councils: Ryde, Hornsby, Northern Beaches, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Mosman and Hunters Hill.

In March 2018 the Greater Sydney Commission released the finalised North District Plan.

This Plan provides a 20 year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40 year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future. It is a guide to implementing the Greater Sydney Region Plan at district level and is a bridge between regional and local planning.

This Plan was finalised in March 2018.
Click here to view the North District Plan