Rezoning of Wilton Town Centre approved

Artist's impression of Wilton Town Centre. Picture: supplied
Artist's impression of Wilton Town Centre. Picture: supplied

Thousands of new residents are one step closer to calling Wilton home, with almost 200 hectares of land being rezoned in the future town centre.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) announced the rezoning of the Wilton Town Centre Precinct this week, paving the way for the planned residential, retail, commercial and entertainment community centre.

The precinct - which borders North Wilton and West Wilton precincts and is west of the Hume Motorway, beyond Bingara Gorge and the existing Wilton village - is accessed from Picton Road and is currently zoned for rural purposes.

The rezoning allows for the creation of 1600 homes, a new K-12 school, public transport terminal, libraries, sporting fields, leisure centre and community facilities in the region.

It is believed the Wilton Town Centre will create an additional 7000 local jobs.

"Most new homes will be standalone single-detached houses," a DPIE spokesman said.

"However, there will also be opportunities for medium-density housing (two-three storeys), townhouses and residential flat buildings up to eight storeys closer to the proposed Wilton Town Centre."

Construction on the town centre should start at the end of March 2022.

Wollondilly Council has long advocated for appropriate infrastructure in Wilton, creating the slogan "Wilton - a great town, or no town at all".

It is anticipated that the council and developers will use the time between now and March 31 to finalise Voluntary Planning Agreements, including the provision of community infrastructure.

Draft VPAs will be released for public review early next year.

"A key theme running through submissions is an emphasis on the delivery of state and local infrastructure in a timely manner to support the development of both the precinct and the growth area," the rezoning finalisation report reads.

"Protection of the environment was also a key issue raised by agencies, council and individual submitters."

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the rezoning brought the town centre in line with the rest of the plans for the Wilton growth area.

"It is the final piece of the puzzle needed to support the Wilton Growth Area, bringing the town centre precinct on-line with the rezoned North and South-East Wilton precincts," he said.

"The rezoning brings the 20-year vision for the area a step closer, with the town centre precinct featuring new walking and cycling paths, a public transport hub and a future school site."

More than 35 hectares of environmentally sensitive land will also be protected under the rezoning, providing space for local wildlife in future.

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