Media Archive / Racecourse option could address housing supply but fast action and certainty is required

Racecourse option could address housing supply but fast action and certainty is required

UDIA NSW welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will further investigate the
opportunity to build tens of thousands of new homes on the Rosehill Racecourse site and
broader Camellia precinct.

The proposed rezoning of the Camellia town centre has been underway for more than six
years, and today’s announcement expands that opportunity for a more extensive plan
with the addition of the Rosehill Racecourse. This move will more than double the area
planned for the town centre and allows for the previously planned 10,000 homes to be
increased to 25,000 homes.

“While today’s announcement is another positive step towards building more new homes
in Sydney centred around railway stations, we encourage Government to act quickly to
provide certainty to landowners, developers and the community, that the strategic
planning for the site will occur in a timely way and bring forward the housing and social
benefits.” said UDIA NSW CEO, Steve Mann.

“UDIA has undertaken extensive research that demonstrates the net positive outcome,
both economic and social, of increasing the number of stations on existing and future rail
lines. Building an additional Metro Station at Rosehill, planned and delivered alongside
housing, will deliver desperately needed housing and liveable new precincts for Rosehill and Camellia.

This approach puts a genuine focus on community outcomes over flawed
business case models and spreadsheets,” said Mr Mann.

While the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced today relates specifically to
the Australian Turf Club land, the entire membership of the Camellia Landowners Alliance
who have worked with the government over many years, will continue to work
constructively towards an improved master plan for the rezoning.

“UDIA encourages the Government to ensure development feasibility is a central
consideration when developing the planning controls and housing targets needed to
achieve the forecasted 25,000 homes in the Camelia-Rosehill precinct.

This will ensure targets are not hollow aspirations, but can actually deliver new homes around large-scale
infrastructure projects like Metro West,” Steve Mann said.


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