Planning Studies and Strategies

Below are a number of the studies and strategies Council uses to inform planning decisions and documents.

Liverpool Business Centres and Corridors Strategy (2013)

The Liverpool Business Centres and Corridors Strategy (2013) is the guiding document for development of Liverpool’s retail and business areas.

In 2012 the Retail Centres Hierarchy Review (2012) was undertaken, to update the strategy. The review included an assessment of the scale and function of existing commercial centres, the forecasted retail expenditure and whether the likely supply of commercial development meets the projected demand.

Together, Liverpool Business Centres and Corridors Strategy (2013) and Retail Centres Hierarchy Review (2012) can be used to guide the assessment of future proposals for new centres, the expansion of existing centres or development in out-of-centre locations where justified. Both documents are available for download below.

Liverpool Business Centres and Corridors Strategy

Liverpool Retail Centre Hierarchy Review


Rural Land Study (2012)

The Rural Lands Study (2012) discusses development opportunities and constraints across Liverpool's rural lands. It considers the many factors that determine the most suitable land use in rural areas including investigation into the character of the land, access to infrastructure and services, soil quality, extractive industries, ANEF Contours, land topography and future development of suburbs within the South West Growth Centre.

The Rural Lands Study (2012), as well as the superseded version, are available for download below.


Liverpool Residential Development Strategy (2008)

The Liverpool Residential Strategy was implemented by Council in July 2008 and is a 25 year strategy that establishes the direction of housing for the Liverpool Local Government Area. This includes determining areas that can accommodate more growth in housing and population, based on the services and infrastructure already provided and planned for in the near future.

The strategy recommends a balanced approach between the development of new release areas and the redevelopment of existing urban areas. The main strategies are:

  • Consolidate medium density residential zones to areas around activity centres (200m - 800m) and major transport nodes and down-zone fringe areas.
  • Introduce new high density residential zone nodes adjacent to main town centres and major transport nodes.
  • Encourage modest affordable private housing types within medium density zones, particularly around main town centres at Moorebank, Casula, Miller and Green Valley.
  • Group all high density residential zones (including mixed-use residential) into one zone and utilise additional uses and development standards to create distinctive characters.
  • Introduce new location specific development standards (minimum lot size, floor space ratio and building height) to respond to specific capacity or existing or desired urban characters of different areas.

It also outlines the need for a range of housing types and sizes to meet the changing needs of Liverpool residents throughout their different life stages. The inclusion of a wider variety of housing types, including smaller and adaptable houses, is needed in order to provide for the needs of the Liverpool’s population and increase housing affordability.  Higher density housing must be concentrated around urban centres and transport interchanges to facilitate the viability of urban transport systems and reduce car usage and dependence. This strategy will locate a greater concentration of population within reach of services and employment.


Liverpool City Centre Vision (2007)

The Liverpool City Centre Vision focuses on growing Liverpool as one of Sydney's Regional Cities. The vision looks at ways to improve the strengths of the City Centre by creating a strategy for the future of Liverpool.  As a major centre in South West Sydney there is a focus on creating more jobs and homes in the City Centre.  The vision aimed to;

  • Encourage a diversity of precincts within the City Centre including thriving retail and medical precincts;
  • To provide high quality mixed use developments to provide housing for key working groups in the city centre;
  • Improve transportation links to and from the City Centre to ensure access to the greater Sydney area is achieved as well as access to the surrounding suburbs of Liverpool;
  • Create new jobs in the City Centre, close to public transport;
  • Become a city that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly, with active street fronts to create a more liveable city and;
  • To improve the quality of the natural environment.

Council’s vision for Liverpool City Centre is now being realised through a planning proposal.

Last updated on 2017-07-10AEST12:14:45+1000