A green wall on a newly built apartment building

Urban renewal

It’s predicted at least another one million people will be living in greater Sydney by 2026 – it’s crucial we prepare now to accommodate that future growth.

Urban renewal projects take large, underused areas of land in a city and revitalise that land to make way for new uses. A truly sustainable urban renewal project makes sure that new housing and commercial development is supported by efficient transport, a wide range of community facilities and parks. Urban renewal also means we can keep larger-scale development to specific sites, whilst protecting the character and heritage of existing neighbourhoods and suburbs.

Towards 2030, the City is working on the transformation of a number of sites across the city. In Glebe, the old paceway at Harold Park has been rezoned to make way for new housing and community facilities. New and existing residents will benefit from two kilometres of walking and bike riding paths and nearly 4 hectares of public open space. Affordable housing, high environmental standards and the restoration of the historic Rozelle Tram Depot into community space are also part of the redevelopment.

In Erskineville, a former industrial precinct will become a new residential neighbourhood called Ashmore Estate. Residents will be able to use a network of new pedestrian and bike routes to get to work, shops and the city and a new retail area will be next to a new large park, providing a focal point for residents to socialise.

Barangaroo is one of the most prominent urban renewal projects happening in Sydney. It will transform 22 hectares of disused wharves on Sydney Harbour into a waterfront precinct, with a headland park, commercial office towers and apartments and areas for recreation, events and entertainment. The project is being delivered by the NSW Government and the City is working to ensure the development is serviced by good transport connections, is sustainable in design and respects the heritage of surrounding areas.