Developing the Riverstone Scheduled Lands
UrbanGrowth NSW has been appointed under the NSW Paper Subdivisions Legislation as the Relevant Authority for Precinct A Stages 1-3 of the Riverstone Scheduled Lands. As the Relevant Authority, UrbanGrowth NSW is responsible for the preparation of a Draft Development Plan and, subject to a landowner vote, the co-ordination and delivery of that Plan.
UrbanGrowth NSW is currently working with landowners in Development Precinct A (Stages 1-3) to prepare a Draft Development Plan, with a landowner vote on the Plan scheduled for August 2014.
On Wednesday 23rd July 2014 UrbanGrowth NSW issued a Notice of Proposed Development Plan and Consent Ballot for the Riverstone Scheduled Lands, Precinct A (Stages 1-3). This is in accordance with Schedule 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and clause 268ZB of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. Click here to view the Development Plan referred to in the Notice. This is also the version of the Plan referred to in relevant S.149(2) certificates from Blacktown City Council.
The notice was published on The Rouse Hill Times and The Daily Telegraph on 23 July 2014 and displayed on the corner of Sydney Street and Junction Road, and the corner of Edmund Street and Crown Street, Riverstone.
Click here to view the Notice.
Precinct A (Stages 1-3) landowner information meetings in July 2014
With the mail out of the updated Draft Development Plan and Voluntary Contributions Agreement to Precinct A (Stages 1-3) landowners, we are offering A1 – A3 landowners the opportunity to meet with us by appointment to answer questions you might have. To schedule a meeting phone 1800 238 321 or email
Precinct A (Stages 1-3) landowners can also click here for more information on developing your land.
The Riverstone Scheduled Lands are located in the northern part of Blacktown Local Government Area, approximately 50km from the Sydney CBD and 15km from Blacktown Town Centre. The Scheduled Lands comprise around 1,700 low density lots with about 300 landowner groups.
UrbanGrowth NSW has been appointed as the Relevant Authority under the NSW Paper Subdivisions Legislation for Precinct A (Stages 1‐3). There are approximately 290 lots and 51 landowner groups in this area.
About the Scheduled Lands
The Scheduled lands were originally subdivided in the late 19th century in a terrace style grid pattern following the establishment of the railway line to Richmond. Each lot is about 550sqm, approximately 9 metres wide and 61 metres deep.
The area was subdivided to support the Riverstone meatworks. Until the gazettal of the County of Cumberland Planning Scheme in June 1951, there were no planning controls applicable to the area. Under the County of Cumberland Planning Scheme the land was zoned for Rural use with a minimum area of 5 acres (2 ha) required for the construction of a dwelling.
In 1968 the Scheduled Lands were included in the Blacktown Planning Scheme. The Blacktown Planning Scheme continued the rural zoning but included ‘hardship’ clauses Precinct A (Stages 1 - 3) which allowed a dwelling to be built on land with less than the minimum area required. Many of the existing houses in the Scheduled Lands were built under this provision.
On 14 May 2010, the Minister for Planning rezoned the Scheduled Lands from a rural zoning to allow a range of residential and light industrial uses. However, while the land has been rezoned this did not mean that owners could build on their land. A number of issues need to be resolved before development can occur:
- Water, sewer, electricity and roads need are needed to service each new lot. This is the responsibility of landowners.
- There are a large number of landowners in the Scheduled Lands. This makes coordinating the delivery of services difficult. Your neighbour might not want to develop when you do or might not be able to afford to.
Given the challenges to development it is unlikely that development will occur in the Scheduled Lands unless a large number of landholders work together.