Rail corridor rezoning

Newcastle City Council has received a request from UrbanGrowth NSW to rezone the former railway corridor land by amending the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP).

The proposed rezoning requires a lengthy legal process to be completed.

Where are we up to?  Step three - Issuing of a Gateway determination

Council officers have reviewed a proposal from UrbanGrowth NSW and prepared an amended planning proposal and report for Council's consideration. Council endorsed the amended proposal at an Extraordinary Council meeting on Thursday 13 October 2016 and this has since been forwarded to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for a Gateway determination.  A Gateway determination was issued by the DPE on 13 December 2016.

For an alternative LEP tracking system please refer to the DPE's webpage.  For a quicker search type in Newcastle LGA using the drop down tab.  The planning proposal has the following reference PP_2016_NEWCA_007_00.  This page will also compile all related documentation and provide a status update throughout the plan making process.


  • Tuesday 13 December 2016 - Issuing of a Gateway determination
  • Thursday 13 October 2016 - Extraordinary Council meeting endorsing proposal.  Council endorsed the proposal to amend the Newcastle LEP 2012 to enable mixed use development, public recreation and tourism uses on the surplus rail corridor between Worth Place and Watt Street, Newcastle and to:
    • Forward the proposal to the Minister for Planning and Environment for Gateway determination
    • Consult with the community and relevant agencies in accordance with the Gateway determination
    • Receive a report back on the planning proposal following the completion of the consultation process.
  • The report to Council can be viewed here - Item 84 Planning Proposal Rail Corridor.  
  • Monday 10 October 2016 - Briefing Committee and Public Voice Committee meetings
  • Friday 8 July 2016 - Submission of a planning proposal by UrbanGrowth NSW. Read the statement issued at time of lodgement
More information about the proposal is available on the UrbanGrowth NSW - Revitalising Newcastle website