Project update

Council resolved to endorse the Planning Proposal, site-specific DCP and Planning Agreement at its meeting on 12 December 2022. To view the Minutes from this meeting, please visit Council’s Business Paper page. The Planning Proposal was forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment for finalisation.

The Planning Proposal was finalised by the Department of Planning on 16 December 2022 as Amendment 67 to the Parramatta LEP 2011. Amendment 67 contains a deferred commence clause. When the Amendment comes into effect on 30 June 2023, the site-specific DCP for Melrose Park South will be included within section 4.3. -Strategic Precincts of the existing Parramatta DCP 2011.

Further information

Please visit the Melrose Park Precinct page on Council’s website for information on all active projects in Melrose Park. Click here.

Summary of proposal

To facilitate the change of Melrose Park South into a mixed-use precinct, Council exhibited a Planning Proposal, draft Site-Specific Development Control Plan (DCP) and Planning Agreement for two sites in Melrose Park South from 25 August 2022 to 21 September 2022. It applies to 112 Wharf Road, 30-32 Waratah Street, and 82 Hughes Avenue in Melrose Park South.

The Planning Proposal provides detail of the proposed changes to the planning controls on the site such as land use zones, building heights and floor space ratios.

The draft DCP provides detailed planning and design guidelines such as floor space allocations across the site, open space requirements, building setbacks and stormwater management.

The Planning Agreement makes provision for the delivery of community infrastructure needed to support the proposed redevelopment and has a value of over $37 million.

The Planning Proposal applies to two (2) separate sites owned by the applicant in the southern precinct that have been combined into one Planning Proposal to allow a more streamlined approach to the planning process. The two sites are as follows:

  • East Site: 112 Wharf Road and 30 & 32 Waratah Street, Melrose Park
  • West Site: 82 Hughes Avenue, Ermington

The proposed development schemes on these sites reflects the intended vision for the southern precinct as identified in the Southern Structure Plan.

Below is a summary of the proposed changes to the planning controls applicable to the sites:



112 Wharf Road

30 Waratah Street

32 Waratah Street

82 Hughes Avenue

Current Zone

IN1 General Industrial

Proposed Zone

Part R4 High Density Residential, part RE1 Public Recreation

RE1 Public Recreation

Part R4 High Density Residential, part RE1 Public Recreation

Part R4 High Density Residential, part RE1 Public Recreation

Current FSR



Proposed FSR (gross)



Proposed FSR (net)



Current height limit



Proposed Heights

Ranging between 6 storeys (25m), 8 storeys (34m), 20 storeys (68m) and 22 storeys (77m)

Potential dwelling yield per site

835 units

1,090 units

Total potential dwelling yield


Non-residential floor space component



The draft Planning Agreement with the applicant has a value of over $37 million and will help deliver local community infrastructure within and outside the precinct. The applicant (and other landowners in the precinct) will also be entering into a separate Planning Agreement with the NSW State Government to help fund and deliver State infrastructure items. This agreement is being coordinated by the NSW State Government and will be exhibited by them at a later date. A summary of the local Planning Agreement with the applicant is provided below and all documents can be found in the Exhibition Material section.



Contribution Value


Affordable rental housing (24 units with a minimum of 34 bedrooms) dedicated to Council in perpetuity.



Dedication of land to be used as public open space to Council at no cost. Embellishment of new public open space to Council’s requirements with a 50% offset* included in the Planning Agreement for the cost of works.



Delivery of cycleways and new roads with a 50% offset* for the cost of works included in the Planning Agreement.



Per Unit Contribution


*A 50% offset is included in the Planning Agreement as an acknowledgement by Council that the subject works will benefit the broader community and not just the residents within the development. It means that half of the identified cost of delivering this infrastructure is offset by Council and half is offset by the developer.


The Melrose Park precinct is on the eastern edge of the City of Parramatta Council Local Government Area (LGA) and is in the process of transforming from an industrial area to one that will provide for mixed use development including high density residential, open space and retail/commercial uses.

Planning for the redevelopment of this precinct began in 2016 when Council endorsed the Parramatta Employment Lands Strategy which identifies this precinct as being suitable for non-industrial development. As a result, Council has received planning proposal applications to rezone various sites within the precinct to allow non-industrial uses.

The planning process for the sites commenced in 2016 as part of the preparation of the Southern Structure Plan. The Planning Proposal process for these sites formally commenced in 2020.

See the timeline section on the page for a full timeline of the planning process to date. To reach this stage, extensive consultation between the landowners, Council and various State Government agencies has taken place to help ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for the two sites and broader southern precinct.

Site Modelling

These images are 3D models showing the built environment proposed by the Planning Proposal and Development Control Plan, and depict the possible building heights if the Proposal and DCP are approved.

Public exhibition period now closed

Thank you for your feedback on the planning proposal, draft site-specific DCP, and planning agreement for two sites in Melrose Park South. You were given the option to make a submission in the following ways:

  • Completing our online submission form (see 'Melrose Park South Online Submission Form' below)
  • Making a submission via email, post or verbally (see 'Other ways to make a submission' below)
  • Booking a 15-minute phone appointment with a member of Council Major Planning and Precincts Team

The public exhibition period closed at 5pm on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

Frequently asked questions

A planning proposal (also known as a rezoning application) is a document that explains proposed changes to land use planning controls that are found in a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)*.

A planning proposal details how the controls are proposed to change, for example by increasing building heights or floor space ratios to allow for more development in a particular area.

It also sets out the justification for why these changes are suitable for the site and an assessment of the potential impacts of the proposal and how they should be resolved if it is approved. Planning proposals are usually supported by extensive technical information to help with the assessment such as studies on flooding, traffic, urban design, and social impact assessments.

A planning proposal can be prepared by anyone, but usually it is either a landowner, developer, or Council.

*A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document that guides planning decisions by local governments. It is prepared by Council and approved by the State Government. The LEP is an important planning tool that helps shape the future of our area and ensures development is done appropriately. Controls in an LEP include such things as land use zones, building heights, floor space ratios, flood risk management controls and also heritage protections.

A “Development Control Plan” (DCP) is a planning document that provides detailed planning and design rules to support the LEP. These rules are often referred to as ‘controls’ and includes standards such as storm water drainage, landscaping, parking, access, and urban design.

For significant planning proposals such as Melrose Park, a Site-Specific DCP is usually prepared to ensure the controls are tailored to the specific needs of the site. A Site-Specific DCP has been prepared that applies to the two sites subject to this Planning Proposal and is also on exhibition.

A “Planning Agreement” is a legal document that is created under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 between developers and government agencies (including councils) for the provision of funds or works by the developer for infrastructure, services, or other public amenities.

A planning agreement enables the opportunity for councils to negotiate much needed community facilities and infrastructure which could not be obtained through a development contributions plan*. Planning agreements are a more flexible mechanism to fund or deliver infrastructure to an area and can be tailored to the specific needs of where redevelopment is proposed.

*Development contributions plans enable councils to charge fees on new development in order to help fund new and upgraded infrastructure which will be required as a result of increased demand coming from additional residents, workers, and visitors.

The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) determines how much a building’s floor space can occupy a piece of land. It is calculated relative to the land size in an effort to ensure an appropriate proportion of building size to site area is achieved.

Gross FSR - gross FSR is calculated using the entire site area, including any land proposed to be used for a public purpose such as roads, open space, etc.

Net FSR - net FSR is calculated using the site area minus any land proposed to be used for a public purpose such as roads, public open space, etc. The net FSR figure is always bigger than the gross FSR figure because it has been calculated using a smaller site area.

In relation to the Holdmark sites, the FSRs in the Southern Structure Plan are gross FSRs, which have been translated to net FSRs for the purposes of the draft Planning Proposal and draft Planning Agreement. This provides greater transparency and a more accurate depiction of what could be achieved on the sites when developed. This is why the FSRs for the Holdmark sites in the Southern Structure Plan are smaller than the FSRs in the exhibition documents.

This Planning Proposal, draft DCP and Planning Agreement apply to sites in the southern Melrose Park precinct where Council has received a planning proposal application.

There is no requirement for landowners to lodge a planning proposal with Council if they do not wish to change the planning controls on their property even if neighbouring landowners have done so.

For the properties not part of this exhibition, the planning controls currently applicable to these sites will be unchanged. Should there be a desire to change planning controls in the future, then separate planning proposal applications will need to be lodged with Council for assessment. You can find out more about the current planning controls that apply to your property by checking the Parramatta LEP 2011 or DCP 2011 or through the NSW Planning Portal.

Approximately 1,925 new units could be constructed as part of this proposal.

This will be refined as part of the Development Application (DA) process.

A range of building heights are proposed on both sites and range from 4, 6, 8, 20 and 22 storeys. The 22 storey buildings (up to 77m) are proposed in two locations within the East and West sites. These tower elements are located in the centre of each site, as is the 20-storey building on the West site. The building heights then transition down towards the edges of the sites, with the perimeter buildings being 4 and 6 storeys high. A small part of an 8-storey building is located along the street edge of the West site at the southern end.

Building heights have been distributed across the sites so that each development lot contains a range of building heights. Careful urban design testing has been undertaken for the precinct to minimise impacts on other buildings within the site and existing residential development adjacent to the site. More detail on the proposed buildings heights can be found in the draft DCP.


Over 25,700m2 of new public open space is proposed to be provided across the East and West sites (approximately 20% of the combined site area), including a new park on the eastern side of the East site and another on the southern edge of the West site. These spaces along the foreshore will provide for a range of passive and active recreational uses.

Outdoor recreation facilities will also be provided, including fitness equipment, at least two (2) playgrounds within the Holdmark sites and provision of one (1) outdoor multipurpose court within the new open space.

To service the Melrose Park area, a new primary school is proposed in the Melrose Park North precinct on the corner of Wharf Road and Hope Street, which will accommodate approximately 1,000 students.

The new school is being delivered as part of the Melrose Park North redevelopment via a State Planning Agreement between the developer and the State Government.

The NSW Department of Education and Council are in discussions about possible additional school infrastructure to support the precinct. Presently, no new schools are proposed in the Melrose Park South precinct.

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 is the responsibility of the State government. Please refer to the Parramatta Light Rail website for further information.

The draft documents and supporting information will be on public exhibition from Thursday, 25 August to 5pm on Thursday, 22 September 2022 and can be viewed in the following ways:

  • Online:
  • Council’s Customer Contact Centre: Ground Floor, 126 Church Street, Parramatta
  • Parramatta Library: 1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta
  • Ermington Branch Library River Road, Ermington (behind Ermington Shopping Centre)


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