Following the NSW Government’s announcement of the new Waterloo Metro Station, the Waterloo social housing estate will be redeveloped with new social housing and more affordable and private housing. The redevelopment also includes the area above and around the new metro station.
The Waterloo Redevelopment Precinct covers land owned by the NSW Government, including the Waterloo social housing estate and the land around and above the new Waterloo metro station, known as the Metro Quarter. It also includes a number of privately owned properties. The map below outlines the boundaries of the Redevelopment Precinct. This is the area that the community is being consulted on in relation to the masterplan. The NSW government has also nominated this area as a State Significant Precinct.
Culture and community life
• How can local and cultural heritage be recognised within the Precinct?
• What would maintain/strengthen the Waterloo community into the future?
• How can we grow and create opportunities for art and cultural development?
Environment and open spaces
• What type and where should outdoor public facilities and spaces be provided? e.g., Public plazas, community gardens, parks and playgrounds and associated amenities such as BBQ facilities and seated areas.
• What important monuments, trees or natural landscape features should
• What landscaping considerations would improve the amenity?
• What kind of safety features (e.g. lighting) should be considered?
Housing and neighbourhood design
• What is the preferred housing tenure mix? Where should housing be located within the Precinct?
• What type of housing is required to meet different community needs, lifestyles and incomes?
• What kinds of environmental features should be considered (e.g. energy, water, waste efficiency)?
• How new buildings, streets and public spaces should be arranged to make the Precinct an attractive, safe and healthy place to live.
Shops, community services and facilities
• What services and facilities people currently use within the Precinct?
• What type of services and facilities should be available to meet different community needs? e.g.,
- Health and medical (including
mental health, drug and alcohol)
- Child care, community facilities and where should these be located?
• What kind of specialist social housing support services or facilities are needed?
Transport, streets and connections
• How should footpaths, bike paths, parking and public transport areas be designed to meet community needs?
• What modes of transport do people use, how often, and is it easy to get to other places by public transport?
• How do people move to, from and through the Precinct and for what purpose?
- Engagement will be active, meaningful and respectful and will recognise the cultural and historical importance of Waterloo and draw on local knowledge.
- The Waterloo metro quarter will create a new hub for the Redevelopment Precinct, and residents can look forward to new community spaces, facilities, services, shops and job opportunities.
- There will be no loss of the current 2,012 social housing, and the aim is to have 30% of total dwellings as social housing.
- It is also aimed for up to 70% of the total dwellings will be private housing, with 5-10% designated as affordable housing for low-to-moderate income households.
- All social housing will be designed to meet the Silver Level of Universal Housing Design standards, which means making homes safer, more comfortable and easier to access for residents at all stages of their life.
- A mix of public and open spaces will be of the highest quality for the safe interaction for people of all ages, cultures and abilities.
- The redevelopment will be staged over 15-20 years.
Waterloo Redevelopment Options Brochure
The masterplanning process is important because it gives you a chance to have a say about the future of your community.
The masterplan engagement program commenced in October 2017 and will run throughout the masterplanning process to seek input and feedback about the future of Waterloo.
Technical Study Sessions
Interested stakeholders are invited to talk with the team working on the Waterloo Redevelopment about the site studies that we've completed. Site studies (technical studies) provide a baseline of what is currently on the Estate and help determine the environmental and building impacts that are then considered in the design of plans.
The study sessions will cover the following topics:
- Traffic and Transport
- Noise and Air Pollution
- Arts and Culture
- Housing Diversity
- Social Sustainability
- Urban Forest
- Open Space.
Registrations open soon to attend one or more events via this website.
The NSW Government has released three options for the redevelopment of the Waterloo social housing estate. Each option has been developed following the visioning consultation program with social housing residents, community and other stakeholders.
Community engagement on the options will be from September to October 2018. Information about ways to have your say about the options will be available shortly.
The Department of Planning and Environment has issued the study requirements for the SSP process. The study requirements can be found on the Department of Planning and Environment's website.
• Waterloo Requirements Table
• Waterloo Summary of Studies
• Waterloo Study Requirements Summary
• Waterloo Technical Study Method Summary
• Waterloo Consultants Table
• Waterloo Communication and Engagement Scope Summary
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Long term project
The redevelopment of Waterloo is a long term project taking 15–20 years.
There will be no loss of social housing. The redevelopment will deliver more and better social housing to the area.
It is anticipated that the first residents who need to relocate will not have to until late 2019. Residents will be given 6 months notice before relocating.
All current social housing residents have the right to return to the Waterloo estate.
FACS will start the redevelopment in low density areas.
Enough social housing will be built at the start of the redevelopment for relocated residents to move back into brand new homes on the estate.
The redevelopment of Matavai, Turanga, Cook, Banks, Solander and Marton buildings will be staged last. Residents in these buildings will not need to move for at least 10 years.
At least 5% of new residential dwellings will be delivered as affordable housing consistent with Greater Sydney Commission targets.