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SMDA Transition to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation

As of 1 January 2013 the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) will be re-named to become UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC) reports a statment from the SMDA on 22 December 2012.



As of 1 January 2013 the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) will be re-named to become UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC).

In December 2010 the SMDA was established and its immediate priority was to assume the planning and development role previously undertaken by the Redfern Waterloo Authority (RWA) and to drive housing and employment opportunities in the Granville precinct.

The SMDA partnered with government, agencies and private business to continue the delivery of the Built Environment Plan Stage 2 initiated under the RWA. It also focused on development options for Auto Alley in the Granville precinct. In June 2012 the NSW Minister for the Department of Planning and Infrastructure announced the creation of “UrbanGrowth NSW” to drive investment in key locations in NSW and help underpin the future prosperity of urban and regional centres. UrbanGrowth NSW is the new name for Landcom. UGDC and UrbanGrowth NSW will commence on 1 January 2013.

Fact Sheet purpose

The SMDA Transition Fact Sheet is to provide an overview for the transition of the SMDA’s functions including: The NSW Government’s commitment to Redfern-Waterloo and Granvillel; what will happen to SMDA’s functions; and the role of UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation. the role of UrbanGrowth NSW

What you need to know

What is the NSW Government’s commitment to the Redfern-Waterloo and Granville area?

The NSW Government is committed to the long term social outcomes and urban renewal for Redfern-Waterloo and Granville to bring positive and lasting benefits to the area; Redfern-Waterloo and Granville will continue to see future significant and positive developments through UrbanGrowth NSW and other agencies; and the NSW Government will continue to consult closely with the community.

What will happen to SMDA’s functions?

Many of the responsibilities of the SMDA will continue through UG and other agencies;

  • Built Environment Plan 2 (BEP2): This project will transition to UrbanGrowth NSW. UrbanGrowth NSW will seek to finalise this project as soon as is possible. BEP2 is a proposed planning framework, developed by the former RWA in close consultation with Housing NSW, to support the renewal of Housing NSW sites in the Redfern - Waterloo area over a 20-25 year timeframe. This renewal will provide residential amenity and a sustainable mix of social, private and affordable housing within the sites to bring long-term benefits for the whole community.
  • North Eveleigh: UrbanGrowth NSW will manage and facilitate the urban renewal of North Eveleigh. Infrastructure works will begin early next year on North Eveleigh for affordable housing and UrbanGrowth NSW with continue to consult with the community on the progress of these works and future development in the area.
  • Heritage in Redfern: UrbanGrowth NSW will continue to develop and maintain certain heritage sites in Redfern-Waterloo managed by the NSW Government, specifically the Chief Mechanical Engineers’ and Scientific Services buildings at the Eveleigh Railway yards. Currently the Government Architect’s Office and Heritage Services Branch have been engaged by the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) to document and supervise the work required to undertake conservation maintenance on these two significant buildings, in accordance with the Heritage Act, 1977. UrbanGrowth NSW will take over the management of these buildings and the maintenance work from January 2013 and any further planning or community consolation involved in its development.
  • Human Services Plan: The functions and responsibilities for the Human Services Plan were transitioned to partner agencies within the Redfern-Waterloo area with the cessation of the RWA on 1 January 2012. Any future development for the Human Services Plan will be carried out by these agencies accordingly.
  • Auto Alley: The future development and urban renewal of Auto Alley and the wider Granville area will now be managed by UrbanGrowth NSW, who will continue to work with local councils, businesses and the community for further planning.

What are the roles of the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and UrbanGrowth NSW

  • to drive investment, housing and development opportunities in urban and regional centres throughout NSW and to build the infrastructure and economies of these areas;
  • take a state significant view of metropolitan and regional precincts and projects, not just State significant sites;
  • adopt the urban renewal functions of the SMDA including planning and development for the renewal of Redfern and Granville; and
  • deliver further plans for the Redfern-Waterloo precinct including the Built Environment Plan 2; and

More information

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation

219-241 Cleveland Street
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

PO Box 1198
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Tel: 9202 9100
Fax: 9202 9111
Email: contactus@ugdc.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.ugdc.nsw.gov.au

Source: www.smda.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/file_root/PDFs/News%26Resources/Transition_FAQ_Sheet_FINAL_RWK.pdf

For Executive Orders Establishing Urban Growth see