15 February 2024

A mix of more than 5,000 new and affordable homes could soon be built in Sydney’s North West, at Riverstone East and Schofields, with development proposals now open for public feedback.

The Riverstone East Stage 3 draft precinct plan proposes rezoning and planning control changes to deliver up to 3,600 homes, schools and supporting infrastructure. 

The plan includes zoning for more diverse housing, a 10 per cent affordable housing target, a primary and high school, community centre, new road network to support buses and cyclists, and access to Tallawong and Riverstone stations. 

A separate draft plan at Schofields proposes a $500 million project to deliver 1,751 new homes, with 33 per cent to be allocated for affordable and Build to Rent housing for at least fifteen years.

The plan also proposes changes to planning controls, increasing the maximum building heights from 16 to 32 metres, or approximately four storeys to eight.

The Schofields project is a state-assessed planning proposal which includes 6.3 hectares of land for medium density housing at Railway Terrace. It’s one of five to be assessed as part of the Rezoning Pathways Program which aims to increase housing supply and diversity in NSW.

The draft plans for Riverstone East and Schofields will be on public exhibition until 14 March 2023.

For more information and to make a submission, visit Riverstone East or Railway Terrace Schofields.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said:

“If approved, these plans will provide more homes for Sydney’s North West Growth Area with new homes, parks and playgrounds, community facilities, roads, and other critical infrastructure.

“These plans represent a significant investment to bolster housing supply in the area, to make sure that thriving communities like those in the North West can grow with both new families moving in and young people having the choice to stay where they’ve grown up in.

“The community and other stakeholders have a vital role to play in shaping the future of Riverstone East and Schofields and I encourage everyone have their say on the future of these sites.”

Member for Riverstone Warren Kirby said: 

“The updated draft plans for Riverstone East Stage 3 and Schofields are a great example of development done right. In addition to residential uplift there is improved community amenity to support the population increase.

“The inclusion of two new education sites as well as the massive increase to Rouse Hill regional park is an indication of our government’s commitment to creating communities instead of only delivering more housing.

“The release of Riverstone East Stage 3 and Schofields strikes a balance between increasing housing supply, including affordable housing, and providing the new residents with the facilities they need to create a community. I’m proud to be part of a government that understands it’s responsibility to provide the infrastructure needed to support increased residential development.”