FAQs

The Government Approach FAQs

ExpandWhat is the NSW Government’s role now?

Prior to 22 September, 2015, the proposal for Wilton Junction New Town was essentially a developer-led initiative under the NSW Government’s Potential Homesites Program.  On 22 September 2015, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Rob Stokes announced that Wilton would form part of a new vision for the Greater Macarthur Region and that the planning process for Wilton New Town would essentially be government-led.

This vision for the region and Wilton was laid out in the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy and Action Plan. The document recognised Wilton New Town as a priority growth area in the Macarthur region. This was an important step forward towards Wilton new town, as the NSW Government recognised that detailed planning for the locality should proceed.

The Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy and Action Plan proposed a number of actions for the NSW Government to advance the new town at Wilton. It also provided the framework and delivery pathway for growth and provision of new infrastructure. The Strategy was publicly exhibited until 4 November 2015.

Following the exhibition of the strategy, an amendment was made to the Growth Centres SEPP to identify the Wilton Priority Growth Area. Government is in the process of developing a Wilton draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy. Post public exhibition, this will inform further amendments to the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2006.

The Wilton Junction landowners will liaise with the NSW Government and Wollondilly Council in this state-led process for the development of the Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy and declaration of the Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).

ExpandWhat is the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area and its relationship with the Wilton Priority Growth Area?

On 22 September 2015 Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Rob Stokes announced that Wilton New Town would form part of a new vision for the Greater Macarthur Region.

This vision was laid out in the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy and Action Plan. The document recognised Wilton New Town as a Priority Growth Area in the Macarthur region.

It proposed a number of actions for the NSW Government to advance the new town as part of the broader Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area. It also provides the framework and delivery pathway for growth and provision of new infrastructure at Wilton New Town.

ExpandWhat does the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area and the Wilton Priority Growth Area mean for Wilton New Town?

This is an important step forward towards delivering Wilton with the NSW Government driving detailed planning for the new town. The background investigations undertaken by the NSW Government for the Macarthur Priority Growth Area identified Wilton as having potential for housing, employment and lifestyle opportunities where supported by infrastructure.

The key first step already undertaken by the NSW Government was to amend the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2006 to formally include the Wilton Priority Growth Area. The draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy being prepared by government will guide further amendments and will provide the statutory framework to ultimately assess rezoning applications at Wilton New Town.

The major landowners Bradcorp, Walkers Corp and Governors Hill have been advocates for the delivery of housing, jobs and recreation opportunities at Wilton New Town and look forward to working with the NSW Government and Wollondilly Council to further progress the new town.

ExpandWhy has the Wilton Priority Growth Area expanded from the major landowners’ original investigation area?

The NSW Government announced on 22 September 2015 a new vision for the Greater Macarthur Region, and recognised Wilton as a Priority Growth Area. As a result of NSW Government investigations, it is larger than the previous Wilton Junction Investigation Area and is expected to deliver more homes and employment areas.

ExpandWho were The Proponents for the previous Wilton Junction rezoning proposal?

The three major landowners (as they are now referred to as on this website) that were The Proponents for the previous rezoning proposal, are:

  • Bradcorp Pty Ltd (land at Wilton West)
  • Walker Corporation (lands south of Picton Road and east of the Hume Highway)
  • Governors Hill (land including the Wilton Aerodrome and lands on both sides of Picton Road west of the Hume Highway).

Lend Lease has continued with the planning and delivery of its Bingara Gorge community in Wilton, which is already zoned for residential development.

ExpandHow was the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area determined, including Wilton New Town?

The NSW Government undertook the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Land Use And Infrastructure Analysis to inform the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area. Wilton is a part of this overall strategy. This informed The Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan. The Strategy and related materials were on public exhibition until 18 November 2015.

Following the exhibition of the strategy, Government made amendments to the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2006 to identify the Wilton Priority Growth Area. The NSW Government is preparing a draft Wilton Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy enabling further amendments to the Growth Centre State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).  The NSW Government is also expected to declare a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) Scheme to facilitate infrastructure delivery at no cost to government to support Wilton New Town.

The major landowners will liaise with the NSW Government in this state-led process for the development of the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy and declaration of the SIC.

ExpandWhy is planning being undertaken for Wilton New Town?

In November 2011, the State Government invited land owners with large properties in suitable locations to nominate sites with the potential to deliver new housing to help address Sydney’s housing supply shortfall.

A number of major land owners nominated land around the Hume Highway and Picton Road intersection at Wilton for potential land release. The nominated Wilton Junction Investigation Area included the existing village of Wilton and the new Bingara Gorge community.

Following a Council resolution, The Proponents (now referred to in this website as the major landowners) signed an agreement to work cooperatively with the Wollondilly Shire Council to prepare the high level draft master plan for Wilton Junction.

On 22 September 2015 Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Rob Stokes announced that Wilton would form part of a new vision for the Greater Macarthur Region.

This vision was laid out in the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy and Action Plan. The document recognised Wilton as a Priority Growth Area in the Macarthur region.

To view the planning process for Wilton Junction, click here.

ExpandWhat impact will the new development have on traffic conditions and the Hume Highway and Picton Road interchange?

It is intended that future development and provision of local facilities (including employment, schools, childcare, shopping) will reduce the need for local and nearby residents to travel long distances for work, education and recreation.

Road network improvements needed as a result of additional traffic generated by Wilton New Town will be delivered as required as per the NSW Government preparing, publicly exhibiting and finalising the Wilton Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy and the likely Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) Scheme. It is expected this will be made publicly available late 2016.

ExpandWhat about Illawarra Coal’s mining project at Wilton?

Illawarra Coal (South32) received NSW Government approval in 2011 to conduct mining operations, over the next 30 years, on land within the Wilton New Town Priority Growth Area. Mining operations and urban development can coexist effectively. The Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan Delivery Plan Section outlined the intent of Government to make provision for coal mining and urban development.

ExpandWhen will the land be released so development can occur?

The “New Growth for Wilton and Macarthur” press release date 29 July, 2016 issued by Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning, indicated that initial land releases could occur as early as 2018.

ExpandHas Council requested a new hospital?

Part 6 of Council’s resolution of 17 December 2012 states: “That when requesting that the State Government coordinate the statutory planning process, Council also indicate to the State Government its strong desire that a hospital should be provided to serve Wilton New Town, somewhere in the Wollondilly Shire and request that the Minister for Health be requested to give consideration to this request.”

The NSW Government has indicated infrastructure will include an integrated health facility.

Evolving Masterplan FAQs

ExpandHow many lots and what type of residential development will there be in Wilton?

The draft Master Plan, developed by The Proponents (now referred to as the major landowners on this website), proposed approximately 11,000-13,000 homes. New homes would include a mix of rural residential dwellings, as well as low and medium density housing.

The NSW Government’s gazettal of the Wilton New Town Growth Centres SEPP Amendment in 2016, proposes an expanded land area, including additional employment land surrounding Maldon.  The NSW Government has indicated that approximately 16,000 homes may be delivered in the Wilton Priority Growth Area. You can view a map detailing the land area here.

ExpandWhat were the key elements of the evolving master plan prepared by The Proponents’ (now referred to as the major landowners on this website)?

Key elements of the draft master plan included:

  • Provision of approximately 11,000-13,000 homes for 30,000-35,000 people
  • Provision of more than 11,000 jobs in the Wollondilly Shire
  • A new town centre, including a supermarket, shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, schools, childcare and other services including healthcare, banking and a post office.
  • Enterprise precincts around the town centre, providing a high level of employment self-sufficiency within the Shire.
  • Neighbourhood centres, incorporating shops, commercial space, community facilities, a primary school and recreation areas.
  • High quality new housing, including a mix of low and medium density homes and rural residential dwellings.
  • Open space areas, for preservation of vegetation and provision of a pedestrian and bike network.
  • Recreational areas and facilities, including a golf course, sporting fields and an indoor recreation centre.
  • Highway services, including a petrol station, shops and takeaway food premises.

It is expected that the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy being prepared by the NSW Government will reflect many of the outcomes of the range of studies and community consultation undertaken to inform The Proponents’ (now referred to as major landowners’) evolving Master Plan.

ExpandHow will this new development help the local economy and create local jobs?

Currently Wollondilly Shire loses an estimated $130 million each year in potential retail spending.  The Wilton New Town will assist in recapturing that spending. In addition to the new employment precincts and town centre commercial and retail areas at Wilton New Town, new facilities including a service station and shops are proposed to capture visitor spending from travellers using the Hume Highway and contribute to the Shire’s economy. Local cafes, recreational areas and cultural entertainment options will also position the Shire as an attractive and lively destination.

The evolving master plan developed by The Proponents (now referred to as the major landowners on this website) provided more than 200 hectares of town centre and enterprise lands, together with commercial, retail and community floor space that will ultimately result in more than 11,000 jobs plus an average of 1,700 construction jobs at any one time. The Department of Planning envisages further employment lands at Maldon, outside the major landowners’ landholdings.

ExpandWhat is the role of the landowners?

The major landowners were The Proponents for the original planning studies and Planning Proposal for Wilton Junction New Town. They funded a range of site-specific master planning investigations and studies.

The state government is now leading the Greater Macarthur Priority Growth Area, which Wilton New Town is a part of.  The landowners will be working collaboratively with the NSW Government as they prepare the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy.

Community engagement FAQs

ExpandWhat consultation have the major landowners previously undertaken (when they were The Proponents)?

Engagement with the community and other key stakeholders is fundamental to the development surrounding Wilton and is an integral part of the rezoning process.

Extensive engagement has been conducted with stakeholders and the community by the major landowners during the preparation of the detailed studies and the preparation of their evolving master plan to inform their initial Planning Proposal.

Community engagement activities have included:

  • Community drop-in sessions
  • Newsletters
  • Website updates and feedback forms
  • Meetings with adjacent landowners
  • Dedicated email and phone contacts for enquiries.

The major landowners will provide further opportunities for the community to have their say as the process continues.

ExpandHow will you (the major landowners) continue to keep the community informed?

The major landowners are committed to keeping the community informed about plans for Wilton New Town and providing opportunities for feedback. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to register your details on this website so that you will receive updates and be informed of community engagement activities when they occur.

ExpandCan owners of properties in the investigation area which are not owned by the major landowners contribute to the planning process?

On 22 September 2015 Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Rob Stokes announced the amendment to the Growth Centres SEPP to include Wilton Priority Growth Area. The Wilton Growth Area released by the Government is larger than the original Wilton Junction Investigation Area proposed by the major landowners.

Yes. Owners of land within the initial Wilton Priority Growth Area have the opportunity to provide input to the process directly to the major landowners through this website.  However, as the NSW Department of Planning & Environment is now leading the planning process, feedback about the process can be directed to here to the inform The Government’s planning processes .

Questions to the major landowners are able to be posted directly on this website here.

ExpandI am an owner of a site in the Wilton area, if my land is rezoned, will Council increase my rates?

Council has advised that the rezoning of a property will not result in a change in its rating category, except in the case of vacant land, which must be categorised in accordance with its zoning. For example, if a property is currently rated as residential and then the land is rezoned as commercial / industrial land, the property will continue to be rated as residential. It would only have its rating category changed if the actual use of the land changed – that is if it was being used for commercial or industrial purposes rather than residential purposes.

In terms of the rateable valuation, the Valuation of Land Act requires the Valuer General to value land for rating purposes at its “highest & best use”.

Following rezoning, the Valuer General may review the rateable value of affected properties and this may result in an increase or decrease to the rateable value. This in effect could result in an increase or decrease in rates payable due to the valuation change. In situations where a rezoning has resulted in an increase in rates payable, Sections 585-599 of the Local Government Act 1993 enable a ratepayer to apply for postponement of the part of the rates which, because of its zoning or permitted use, is valued for rating purposes in a way that reflects its permitted use rather than its actual use.

ExpandIf my land is rezoned, could my property be compulsorily acquired? Who would determine the value of my property? How would this be determined?

The major landowners’ evolving master plan does not include any compulsory acquisition of properties. The NSW Government’s draft Wilton Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy will determine land uses.  Property values would be determined by the market, as is currently the case.

ExpandWhat does the development mean for Bingara Gorge?

Bingara Gorge is part of the Wilton Priority Growth Area boundary but is nominated as a separate precinct.  See map here. Lend Lease, which is the developer of Bingara Gorge, is continuing to deliver new homes within this community as part of their current residential zoning and planning controls.

Residents and landowners within Bingara Gorge will also be included in the community engagement process. There are no major land use changes anticipated to existing properties within Bingara Gorge and land sales will continue.

ExpandHow will the character of the area be retained at Wilton New Town?

The NSW Government has indicated that high conservation value areas will be conserved through either Biobanking Agreements or Biodiversity Certification. The NSW Govenrment is simultaneously considering long-term ownership or trust arrangements for the conservation area, according to the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan. These areas will contribute to the character and visual appeal of Wilton New Town and will provide opportunities for people to experience nature.

ExpandHow will impacts on the community be managed throughout the construction process?

During the construction process impacts such as noise, dust and construction vehicle movements would be assessed as part of future development applications and managed in accordance with an adopted Construction Management Plan.

A Construction Management Plan would set out restrictions such as times for construction work, number of vehicle movements, and maximum decibel levels.

ExpandHow will residents access jobs and services?

Wilton New Town aims to provide new homes to meet population growth and the affordability challenge, create more jobs closer to home, and, importantly, deliver integrated community infrastructure.

It is intended that future development and land uses will reduce the need for local and nearby residents to travel for work, education and recreation.

By enhancing local centres in the Wollondilly Shire, strong links will be developed to Wollongong, the South Coast, South West and Southern Highlands.?