State Government Planning

In March 2018 the State Government released three plans to provide an integrated vision for strategic planning and infrastructure in NSW:


A Metropolis of Three Cities - Greater Sydney Region Plan

Greater Sydney Commission

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


Future Transport 2056

Transport for NSW

Click here to view the Future Transport 2056 website


Building Momentum - State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038

Infrastructure New South Wales

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.

Link to Greater Sydney Commissions website

Sydney is split into five districts, each with their own district plan; Burwood is in the Eastern City District.

Link to the Eastern City District Plan


Local Strategic Planning Statement

Local strategic planning statements (LSPS) will be a pivotal tool for local strategic planning in NSW over a 20-year horizon. They will inform local statutory plans and development controls, and give effect to regional and district plans. The LSPS can also identify where further strategic planning effort may be needed.

The LSPS will act as a unifying document. It will draw upon planning priorities across the State, the region and the local area strategic planning. The LSPS will identify the local context and local-scale expression of actions and priorities from these other plans.

The LSPS will also shape how the local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plans (DCP) evolve over time. Council will be able to assess any planning proposals against the statement to decide whether or not to support them.

Councils, in consultation with their communities, will determine the priorities for their area, informed by and consistent with other applicable strategic plans. The LSPS will identify actions that respond to and build on the place and community’s strengths and potential.

The LEP will deliver the council and community’s plan and actions from the district and regional plans. This is supported by other tools such as contributions plans, place based planning strategies, growth management strategies and investment in infrastructure.

Burwood Council has prepared a draft LSPS which was on public exhibition from August 6 to September 16 2019. At this stage, the State government mandates that a final LSPS must be in place by the end of March 2020.   

Link to more information on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environments website


Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy

Released in November 2016, the Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy is the NSW Government’s 30-year plan to drive and inform land use planning and development decisions as well as long-term infrastructure delivery programs in the Parramatta Road Corridor. A Ministerial Direction gives the Strategy and associated Implementation Tool Kit statutory weight.

The Strategy aims to renew Parramatta Road and adjacent communities through investment in homes, jobs, transport, open space and public amenity. It presents significant urban renewal opportunities for land within defined precincts.

There are eight renewal precincts along the Parramatta Road Corridor. Part of the Burwood-Concord Precinct and Kings Bay Precinct lie within Burwood. 

A precinct wide approach to the planning of the Parramatta Road Corridor is being pursued. This approach will enable development to occur in a coordinated manner, where a range of housing types can be provided and where there is access to infrastructure and public transport.

Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils, who also have land in the Parramatta Road Corridor, together with Burwood, have identified the need for additional urban design, traffic and transportation investigations. The three Councils consider this as essential work to ensure that all future decisions to rezone land are made with a thorough understanding of the potential cumulative impacts and will achieve orderly, transparent, and consistent development, and above all, the highest quality planning and design outcomes.

As of February 2020, the three Councils are working closely with the NSW Transport cluster to finalise the traffic modelling work which will inform the Traffic and Transport study. The Urban Design Study is currently on hold pending the findings of the traffic work.

Link to more information on Landcoms website


Useful Websites

• Department of Planning, Industry and Environment , which governs State and regional planning, legislation relating to pollution and the environment, and develops policies in relation to air quality, climate change and water. The website provides information on metropolitan strategies, State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and initiatives to streamline the planning system.

• Greater Sydney Commission is leading metropolitan planning in Sydney. Key projects are the Greater Sydney region Plan: A Metropolis of Three Cities and the District Plans.

• NSW Legislation website , which provides access to all NSW legislation (acts, regulations and environmental planning instruments).

• Office of Environment and Heritage , which guides the protection of heritage items, particularly items on the State Heritage Register.

• Roads and Maritime Services , which is responsible for the maintenance and development of the roads and traffic systems of NSW, in conjunction with state and local government agencies.

• National Parks and Wildlife Service , which administers legislation for National Parks, threatened species and Aboriginal sites.

For all other Government-related enquiries at the State level, go to the State Government website at


SEPPs relevant to the Burwood LGA can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

SEPP (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008    

SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009     

SEPP No. 65 - Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development

SEPP (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004

SEPP No. 64 - Advertising and Signage

SEPP (Building Sustainability Index BASIX) 2004     

SEPP (Infrastructure) 2007   

SEPP (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017