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Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney


On Tuesday, 19 March 2013 the O’Farrell-Stoner Government released its bold new blueprint for how Sydney will grow over the next twenty years.

The draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031, commonly referred to as the Metro Plan, sets out a fresh, innovative approach for how the NSW Government will support Sydney's long-term growth. By 2031, Sydney's population is expected to be about 5.6 million residents - a jump of around 1.3 million from today - and it’s crucial that we plan ahead to ensure this is sustainable.

Through the Metro Plan, the Liberals and Nationals will deliver more choice in the types of housing available to Sydneysiders, more affordable housing close to jobs and services, good transport connections, and better management of the environment.


Your future Sydney

Main goals of the Plan


  • To accommodate our growing population we need to build 545,000 new homes across greater Sydney by 2031.
  • This equates to delivering 27,250 new homes each year, compared to just 14,500 new homes on average over the last five years to 2013 - the lowest housing starts in 50 years.
  • The Metro Plan sets ambitious short-term (2021) and long-term (2031) minimum housing targets across the entire metropolitan area.

Employment & Jobs:

  • Sydney's residents will need 625,000 new jobs by 2031.  50% of all new jobs will be located in Western Sydney.
  • Similar to housing, the Metro Plan sets employment targets for both 2021 and 2031 for six sub-regions across Sydney.
  • It also formally announces an investigation into a 10,000 hectare area in Western Sydney, which will be the city's major new industrial area.
  • Most jobs will be located in Strategic Centres and Specialised Precincts.  This means certain types of industry, such as health, education, offices or manufacturing can work together.


Key areas of change

The Metro Plan identifies nine 'city shapers' that will play a key role in Sydney's future.  These are to:

  • Promote and grow the Sydney and North Sydney CBDs (our Global Sydney) as the premier business and arts destination for the state;
  • Continue employment growth in the Global Economic Corridor.  This currently runs from Sydney Airport to Macquarie Park, and will be extended west to Parramatta and north to the Norwest business park;
  • Open up and protect Sydney Harbour as a major economic driver for the city by regenerating areas of the waterfront, improving ferry services and protecting water quality;
  • Build Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD and targeting the city centre and surrounding precincts for employment growth by 2031;
  • Revitalisation of the Parramatta Rd corridor with new homes, jobs and community facilities in conjunction with the WestConnex motorway;
  • Regenerate the Anzac Parade corridor for new homes, jobs and infrastructure alongside light rail;
  • Deliver new homes, jobs and revitalised centres with good community facilities around each of the eight North West Rail Link stations;
  • Investigate 10,000 hectares of land near the M4 and M7 motorways to expand the existing Western Sydney Employment Area; and
  • Recognise an Agricultural and Resource Area on the city’s fringes – which include national parks, and rural towns and villages.

What does this mean for the Lane Cove electorate?

The Government’s priorities for the Lane Cove electorate include:

  • New housing to be located in centres and along key transport corridors;
  • Supporting the cluster of office, health and education facilities at Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal North Shore Private Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Northern Sydney TAFE and the emerging technology cluster at Gore Hill;
  • Celebrating Sydney Harbour as a world-renowned environmental and cultural asset while looking to increase opportunities for recreational access to the foreshore; and
  • An Urban Activation Precinct at North Ryde Station to deliver better housing and employment opportunities alongside public spaces, schools, community facilities, transport and other infrastructure.   

The Lane Cove electorate is also part of the wider Central Subregion.  Key directions for this subregion include:

  • Providing 138,000 additional homes and 230,000 additional jobs across the Central Subregion by 2031 with new infrastructure to be delivered alongside growth;
  • Enhancing the role of the subregion as Sydney’s global economic driver, by consolidating global jobs growth within the corridor that extends from Port Botany and the Airport, through Sydney CBD to St Leonards and Macquarie Park;
  • An Urban Activation Precinct at Herring Road Macquarie Park to deliver better housing and employment opportunities alongside public spaces, schools, community facilities, transport and other infrastructure;
  • Strengthening Global Sydney, including Sydney CBD and North Sydney, with the opportunity for 102,000 and 12,000 additional jobs respectively, supported by new infrastructure; and
  • Protecting the health and resilience of the environmental assets, including the Lane Cove National Park.

Further information

For further information on the draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031, view a copy at

For a summary of the Metro Plan, view a copy (2MB) at