Waterloo Master Planning: The Latest News

12 February 2018 | Posted In: News

The Master Planning process for the redevelopment of Waterloo Estate and the ‘Metro Quarter’, the buildings above the site of the Metro on Cope St and Botany Road, is a lengthy process expected to take during 12 to 18 months.

The image below shows every stage of Waterloo Master Planning. The Waterloo Capacity Building project led by Inner Sydney Voice will independently support and resource residents during each step of the way until Land & Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Urban Growth (UG) lodge a Master Plan proposal with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

The Waterloo Master Planning process. Image from Communities Plus website.

Where are we now?

The first phase of community consultation, called ‘Visioning’, was delivered in October and November by KJA consultants for Land & Housing Corporation. This was a high level vision exercise aimed at gathering what people like and don’t like about the area, and what they would like to see in the future.

This part of the community consultation is now finished. A report written by KJA has been released in May 2018 by LAHC. It collates what was said during the workshops, the pop-up sessions and the community day on Waterloo Green. This report informs the general principles of the redevelopment, based on what the community had to say during the engagement process.

The Master Planning team contracted by LAHC & UG is now preparing different options that reflect diverse possibilities for the future Waterloo.

These options are informed by 2 separate streams:

–       The ‘Visioning’ phase of the community consultation mentioned earlier

–       The technical studies done by consultants as required by the planning process (Waterloo State Significant Precinct). These studies will be released under the form of ‘baseline summaries’ at the same time as the ‘Visioning’ report.

In order to help the community feel ready to discuss these options, and assist in understanding how they were developed, the capacity building project will run workshops about key themes (sustainability, social mix, neighbourhood and open space design) as well as ‘studies sessions’ to discuss the results of the technical studies. Inner Sydney Voice is still waiting on the release of the baseline studies to organise community discussions. From our understanding, the summaries of the baseline studies are going through a ministerial approval process and their release is close.

Around mid to late 2018, the government will start a new phase of community consultation around the Waterloo Master Plan called ‘Options Testing’. The Options will show different possibilities for the area, along with staging proposals. This means it will show on maps which buildings will go where, how high they can be, where the open space and parks will be located, and where the construction work will start.

Options Testing is about asking the Waterloo community what they like and don’t like about those different options, how the options can be improved, and determine what is the preferred option for current residents. While we do not know yet precisely how Options Testing will run, it will be without a doubt an opportunity to have your say about your preferred option for the future of Waterloo. We encourage everyone to participate and have their say about their favourite plan for the future neighbourhood.

More information will be provided on this page by August 2018.