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.

The NSW Government has released three options for the redevelopment of the Waterloo social housing estate. Read the Media Release for more information.

The options are informed by the visioning program and show how the Waterloo estate might be redeveloped, with each having different designs for open space, buildings and community and retail facilities. 

Each option provides: 

  • More new, modern, fit-for-purpose social and affordable housing.
  • More and safer open space for the community to access.
  • More local shopping and community facilities and services.
  • Improved public transport.

The three options each have their own unique features. View the Options and the redevelopment principles in the Waterloo Redevelopment Options Brochure. These options will be tested with the community and other key stakeholders from September to October 2018. Details about how to have your say will be advertised shortly.

option 1 - Waterloo estate

option 2 - waterloo village green

option 3 - waterloo park

The redevelopment of Waterloo will be completed in stages over the next 15—20 years, including a new Metro station and new social, affordable and private housing. This will also bring other social benefits to the area such as new and improved services, shops, community facilities and job opportunities.

Developing a masterplan for Waterloo will take 12 months to complete. The role of the masterplan is to guide the redevelopment to reflect the community’s needs and priorities along with the findings from a range of technical studies.  

The community will have a chance to provide feedback during the masterplanning process. The masterplanning stages for Waterloo are:


The visioning engagement program ran from October - December 2017, where we asked the community what they would like to see in a future Waterloo. The Visioning Report is now available.

From this feedback, a number of redevelopment options have been released and will be tested with the community and other key stakeholders in September and October 2018 to determine a preferred plan. When the preferred plan is determined, the masterplan will be referred to Department of Planning and Environment for assessment, public exhibition and then approval by the Minister for Planning.

In creating a vision for the Waterloo Redevelopment Precinct, the community was asked about their needs and hopes for the future - particularly in the areas of: 

Project Aims

  • 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.


Options Testing
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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