The NSW Government’s announcement of the Waterloo Redevelopment Precinct in 2015 included the delivery of a new Waterloo Metro Station and renewal of the Waterloo social housing estate.
The Metro Station is due to open in 2024 and includes the Metro Quarter above the station with new homes, shops and integrated community facilities.
Renewal of the Waterloo Estate
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is working across government and with the community to renew Waterloo’s essential social housing infrastructure, and to deliver housing supply in a vibrant place to live, work and visit that is close to jobs and transport.
The Waterloo Renewal Project will enhance the strength and diversity of Waterloo, a unique urban village on Gadigal Land.
The renewal will deliver new homes, community places, and green spaces which prioritise the health and wellbeing of social housing residents and more sustainable mixed communities.
The project is underpinned by the following objectives:
- More and better homes: build more and better social housing in mixed communities to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.
- Positive social outcomes for residents: create a place that supports residents’ health and wellbeing and sensitively manages impacts on existing residents.
- Aboriginal outcomes: support and enhance positive outcomes for the local Aboriginal community through planning, delivery and operations.
- An authentic sense of place: building on Waterloo's past and current strengths to create an authentic, distinctive and welcoming place.
- Sustainability: supporting an inclusive and welcoming community that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
- Strong partnerships: collaborate with the community, not-for-profit and private sectors to deliver great housing, place and social outcomes.
Modern new housing
LAHC is renewing the Waterloo Estate to increase and accelerate the supply of new social, affordable and private housing, to give more people access to a place to call home.
The future social homes will be modern and well-designed, and replace the existing older social housing located on the site.
At around 40-70 years old, the current homes and facilities are nearing the end of their intended lifespan and are also increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain.
Many of the homes in Waterloo do not meet contemporary accessibility and sustainability standards and many residents have specific needs that can’t be met with current housing.
More open space, shops and community facilities
The community also wants more open space, better facilities and shops that suit their needs – all important elements of a vibrant community.
The renewal of the estate will be staged over the next 30 years to enable a coordinated approach that minimises disruption for existing residents.
The project is made up of three related stages: Waterloo South, Waterloo Central and Waterloo North.
Waterloo South covers about 65 per cent of the Waterloo Estate and is the first stage of the renewal.
The project will deliver around 3,000 new homes, made up of social, affordable and private housing as well as new and improved parks, open spaces and retail and community facilities.
The new social housing will meet modern accessibility and sustainability standards, including a minimum ‘Silver Level’ Liveable Communities Design Standard and some ‘Gold Level’ standards.
Buildings and outdoor spaces will be designed to minimise energy, water, waste and urban heat effects, achieving a minimum 6-star green star communities rating accreditation for the precinct.
We are creating mixed housing communities - where social housing blends with private and affordable housing, with better access to transport and employment, improved community facilities and open spaces.
Expressions of Interest
LAHC opened an expression of interest (EOI) for a developer and community housing provider(s) to deliver on the objectives of the Waterloo Renewal.
A renewal partner will not only deliver new buildings and infrastructure but will also collaborate with government to support residents through change and create a vibrant and mixed inner-city community with a real sense of place.
The EOI closed on 26 August 2022. Evaluation of the EOI responses is now underway and it is expected a two-stage Request for Proposal process will follow.
Waterloo South – planning proposal
The Department of Planning and Environment (formerly Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) is now the Planning Authority responsible for assessing and finalising the Waterloo Planning Proposal.
The Planning Proposal for Waterloo South was on public exhibition for 8 weeks and closed on 29 April 2022.
Feedback received during the exhibition will help shape the final plans for the renewal.
For more information, visit the Waterloo South Planning Proposal web page.