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Lord Mayor Paint Shop Precinct Announcement letter to residents.

Clover Moore has written to local residents on 14 March 2023, to make them aware of the rezoning outcome for the North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct. With the decision just before caretaker period the government will not be leafleting residents to let them know the outcome. Council has stepped into the void to make sure residents know what has been decided. The text of Clover's letter is below:


14 March 2023

Dear Residents

North Eveleigh Paint Shop sub-precinct rezoning approved

I am writing to let you know that on 24 February, the Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) approved the new planning controls for the North Eveleigh Paint Shop sub-precinct.

Last year, I wrote to you about Transport for NSW (TfNSW)’s rezoning proposal for the Paint Shop sub-precinct, and provided a summary of the City of Sydney’s alternative approach to help the community make their own submissions. It is clear the community had significant concerns, making 554 submissions to the Department.

What has been approved

The new planning controls will enable new buildings of up to 26 storeys for commercial, technology or residential uses. The development will deliver approximately 320 dwellings, including 15% diverse housing, 15% affordable housing and consideration of 10% housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Almost 15,000 square metres will be allocated for parks, open spaces and community facilities, including cultural spaces for First Nations peoples and community-run organisations.

I welcome the improvements that have been made, including those that resulted from the City’s advocacy, such as:

  • Increased provision of affordable and diverse housing
  • Removal of development over the historic Paint Shop and lowering of buildings around it
  • Better building layout with a greater commitment to design quality
  • Relocation of some residential buildings away from the noisy rail line
  • Ensuring there is space for a bridge connecting North and South Eveleigh in future
  • A planning agreement to be negotiated by Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE), TfNSW, the Department and the City to secure local infrastructure to support the new development and the affordable housing component, which the community will be notified about.

You can read more about the approval at

While many positive improvements have been made, we remain concerned about innovation uses not being realised on the site and residential properties remaining too close to the rail line, despite provisions added to the Design Guide to mitigate noise impacts.

Works such as public art, street furniture, landscaping, play equipment, lighting and roads can be carried out as exempt development, without requiring any input from the City or community. Further, future detailed design development applications will be considered State Significant and assessed by the NSW Government, not the City.

Next steps

The new planning controls will come into effect on 30 June 2023 to allow time for TAHE, TfNSW, the Department and the City to finalise the infrastructure funding arrangements to determine the contributions towards local infrastructure and affordable housing.

The City is continuing its discussions with the Department about committing to the North to South Eveleigh bridge. The City and community must now wait for detailed Development Applications to be lodged with the Department to make further submissions.

If you would like to speak with a Council officer about this approval, you can contact James Dirickx-Jones, Planner, on 9265 9333 or at

Yours sincerely

Clover Moore

Lord Mayor of Sydney