Rail corridor rezoning

Newcastle City Council has received a request from UrbanGrowth NSW to rezone the former railway corridor land by amending the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP).

The proposed rezoning requires a lengthy legal process to be completed.

Where are we up to?  Step four - Community consultation

On 22 August 2017 Council resolved to place a draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement on public exhibition as supporting documents to the planning proposal to rezone the former rail corridor. These three documents, the planning proposal which identifies zones, building heights and floor space ratios, the development control plan and planning agreement are a "package" that will help to provide a better overall picture of the type and form of development and public domain areas that could be considered for the future use of the rail corridor.

For an alternative LEP tracking system please refer to the DPE's webpage.  For a quicker search type in Newcastle LGA using the drop down tab.  The planning proposal has the following reference PP_2016_NEWCA_007_00.  This page will also compile all related documentation and provide a status update throughout the plan making process.


  • The public exhibition period is now complete and a report is being prepared for the December Ordinary Council meeting.
  • Public exhibition from Monday 11 September 2017 until Monday 23 October 2017. Visit the have your say section from Monday 11 September and it will have all documents and information about the public exhibtion.  
  • Tuesday 22 August 2017 - Council meeting endorsing  the draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for public exhibition for 40 days.  The draft Development Control Plan provides detailed design guidelines for building in the former rail corridor.  The draft Planning Agreement outlines how public domain areas within the former rail corridor will be created and funded and also commits to providing affordable housing. 
  • Tuesday 13 December 2016 - Issuing of a Gateway determination
  • Thursday 13 October 2016 - Extraordinary Council meeting endorsing proposal.  Council endorsed the proposal to amend the Newcastle LEP 2012 to enable mixed use development, public recreation and tourism uses on the surplus rail corridor between Worth Place and Watt Street, Newcastle and to:
    • Forward the proposal to the Minister for Planning and Environment for Gateway determination
    • Consult with the community and relevant agencies in accordance with the Gateway determination
    • Receive a report back on the planning proposal following the completion of the consultation process.
  • The report to Council can be viewed here - Item 84 Planning Proposal Rail Corridor.  
  • Monday 10 October 2016 - Briefing Committee and Public Voice Committee meetings
  • Friday 8 July 2016 - Submission of a planning proposal by UrbanGrowth NSW. Read the statement issued at time of lodgement
More information about the proposal is available on the UrbanGrowth NSW - Revitalising Newcastle website