Standardise the Standards – Final Recommendations Paper

The Parramatta River flows through the geographic heart of Sydney and one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. Making the river swimmable delivers on the sustainability and liveability goals in the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plans and is core to achieving the vision for Sydney’s Central River City.

Step 4 of the Parramatta River Masterplan is focused on reviewing the strategic and statutory planning frameworks that contribute to delivering our vision for a world class river. Working closely with our partners, our review has resulted in the release of a recommendations paper, Strategic and Statutory Planning Review to Create Our Living River.

The paper sets out three broad areas for planning reform:

  1. Simple updates to council’s Local Environment Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs), to adopt over the next few years. These changes will ensure that development does more to reduce stormwater pollution and foster healthy ecosystems.
  2. Developing, piloting and adopting two new frameworks for improving waterway health outcomes in new development:
    • A Blue Green Index Tool for assessing development applications
    • A Blue Green Grid for riparian mapping
  1. Working with our project partners and stakeholders to strengthen and support waterway health considerations in all planning approval pathways. This will require broader reform beyond the remit of local government.

Further information will be provided in a series of webinars hosted by the PRCG in late March 2021.  Details will be posted shortly.


Standardise the Standards – Final Recommendations Paper
Download the full Final Recommendations Paper


Recommendations Paper Executive Summary
Download the Recommendations Paper Executive Summary


To get an overview of this planning reform work, please watch this short video.


Learn more about Step 4 of the Parramatta River Masterplan – Standardise the Standards.