Plans for Bankstown to proceed to community consultation

A planning proposal to implement the recommendations from the former Bankstown Council’s Local Area Plans can proceed to public exhibition, following a Gateway determination issued by the Department of Planning and Environment.

Marcus Ray, Deputy Secretary, Planning Services, said that the proposed changes include amending zoning, building height limits of between four and eight storeys, and increased floor space ratios and could result in more homes and jobs close to public transport and more choice in housing types.

“If approved, these changes could provide more than 14,000 homes across the former Bankstown Local Government Area (LGA), including suburbs such as Greenacre, Punchbowl, Birrong, Yagoona and Padstow,” Mr Ray said.

The Department has undertaken extensive assessment of the proposal, considering a range of matters, including environmental, social and economic impacts and consistency with strategic plans for the area.

The Department has now determined that the proposal has enough strategic merit for Canterbury-Bankstown Council to place it on public exhibition once it has been updated with more information and maps.

“We understand that there are concerns from the community and encourage everyone to take a look at the proposed changes once they are on exhibition and share their views,” Mr Ray said.

“All feedback received during exhibition will be considered by the Department in its before it makes a final decision.”

For more information about the proposed changes, visit