Welcome to Riverstone Scheduled Lands - Precinct A (Stages 1-3)

A new era for Sydney’s Northwest

Current as at: July 2024

Current works

Precinct A Stage 2 subdivision works have reached completion and registration of the subdivision is expected by August/September 2024.  We are working proactively with Blacktown City Council to register the subdivision without further delays.  

Future stages

The NSW Minister for Planning asked Landcom to investigate possible development of the remainder of the Riverstone Scheduled Lands, including Precinct A (Stages 4-5), Precinct B and Precinct C.

Initial investigations identified a number of issues that could affect this possibility, including the fact that much of the Riverstone Scheduled Lands are impacted by high volumes of hazardous materials, including asbestos and heavy metals.

Given the costs associated with remediation, landowners need to secure and maintain their properties to prevent any further illegal dumping or harmful activities occurring on their land.

As at July 2023, there are no plans to progress with the staging or development for future stages. 

Riverstone Scheduled Lands landowners outside Precinct A (Stages 1-3) are able to pursue subdivision and redevelopment of their land at any time. Landowners considering this should consult directly with Blacktown City Council.

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Development enquiries

If you have any development-related enquiries, please contact us on 1800 238 321 or riverstone@landcom.nsw.gov.au.

Case Manager: support services for Precinct A (Stages 1-3) landowners

Landcom has appointed GHD as a Case Manager to provide a confidential and independent support service for landowners within the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3).

The service provides support to landowners who may be having difficulty understanding or meeting the requirements of their Voluntary Contributions Agreement. The service also supports landowners who may have received notice that part or all of their land is at risk of being compulsorily acquired by Landcom.

For further information, please refer to the Case Manager FAQs. 

Case Manager contact details:

Ms Michala Lander
Phone: 1800 810 680
Email: Michala.Lander@ghd.com

Factsheet about selling land at Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3)

We want local real estate agents, solicitors, conveyancers, landholders and prospective buyers to know how the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) project affects property transactions. To read more, view our fact sheet for selling land

The project

Covering about 16 hectares, the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) project is being coordinated by Landcom on behalf of around 50 landowner groups, through the application of the 2013 NSW Paper Subdivisions legislation.

The project came to life in March 2016, when the majority of Precinct A’s private landowners voted in favour of the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Development Plan, before the NSW Minister for Planning issued a Subdivision Order to allow Landcom, as the Relevant Authority, to implement the Development Plan, in November 2016.

As such, we are responsible for the delivery of the plan, including the provision of infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water, sewer, gas and electricity.

Once complete, the project will:

  • deliver essential infrastructure
  • unlock new subdivided land with approximately 300 housing lots in a mix of sizes
  • recover costs through contributions from landowners
  • retain conservation areas in accordance with zoning.

For more information on the paper subdivision development process, please visit our FAQs and Documents.

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Location

Riverstone

Project area

16 hectares

Local council area

Blacktown City Council

Sustainability

Our sustainability initiatives at Riverstone Precinct A (Stages 1-3) include:

  • extensive remediation of contaminated land
  • retaining conservation areas in accordance with zoning
  • giving individual landowners the opportunity to develop together using the paper subdivisions legislation process.
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Proposed homes

Approximately 300

New residents

Approximately 500

Delivery timing

2016-2024

Timeline

  • Acceptance of works by Council anticipated
  • Final reconciliation of project costs anticipated, including distribution of any surplus to landowners
  • Stage A2 Subdivision Plan anticipated to be registered by August/September 
  • Practical completion of Stage A2 subdivision works
  • Stage A3 Subdivision Plan registered (November 2022)
  • Sale of all land trade lots completed (June 2021)
  • Continued subdivision works in Stages A2 and A3
  • COVID-19 construction shutdown, restrictions and related supply chain issues impact subdivision program for Stages A2 and A3
2020
  • Stage A1 Subdivision Plan registered (8 July 2020)
  • Construction certificate for Stage A2 approved (March 2020)
  • Stage A1 subdivision works completed (June 2020)
2019
  • First sales release of land trade lots (September 2019)
  • Construction certificate for Stage A3 approved (August 2019)
  • Stage A2 demolition works commenced (early 2019)
2018
  • Development application for Stage A2 approved (December 2018)
  • Construction certificate for Stage A1 approved (May 2018)
  • Stages A1 and A3 demolition and remediation works commenced (January 2018)
2017
  • Development application for Stages A1 and A3 approved (November 2019)
  • Monetary contribution to fund development works paid by landowners (March-November 2019)
  • Development applications submitted to Council (March-June 2019)
  • Voluntary Contribution Agreements with Landcom entered into by landowners (November 2016-February 2017)
2016
  • Subdivision order gazetted to establish Landcom as Relevant Authority to deliver Development Plan (November 2016)
  • Majority of landowners voted in favour of the Development Plan (March 2016)
  • Design and engineering consultants for Development Plan managed by Landcom (early 2016)

FAQs

Land for sale

Landcom has sold all available lots within Riverstone Precinct A (Stages 1 to 3) and there will be no future sales releases for this project.

Paper subdivisions legislation

These are lots that are subdivided on paper, but have not been developed due to their irregular subdivision patterns, highly fragmented ownership and/or a lack of appropriate zoning and infrastructure services.

In some cases, the subdivisions date back to the 1800s and can be as small as 200m² in area and less than 10m in width – sometimes with no land between lots for ‘common’ areas such as roads and footpaths.

The legislation was introduced by the NSW Government in 2013. It is designed to help landowners in paper subdivision areas like the Riverstone Scheduled Lands to coordinate the delivery of infrastructure required to unlock their land for development.

Under Schedule 7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the NSW Minister for Planning may designate a relevant authority to coordinate subdivision of land. Under the legislation, the designated relevant authority can propose a development plan based on current planning controls.

A Subdivision Order is made by the NSW Minister for Planning to enable a nominated relevant authority (a council, Landcom or other specified body) to carry out the provisions of a development plan which may include subdivision works, acquisition of land by agreement or compulsory process and the requirement to pay development contributions.

In a ballot held in March 2016 the majority of landowners in the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) voted in favour of the proposed development plan for their lots.

A Subdivision Order was issued by the NSW Minister for Planning in November 2016, directing Landcom, as the relevant authority, to proceed with the development of Precinct A (Stages 1-3) as per the Development Plan.

Precinct A (Stages 1-3) case manager

Landcom has appointed GHD to provide case management services.

GHD offers a confidential and independent support service for landowners in Precinct A (Stages 1-3). The service provides support to landowners who may be having difficulty understanding or meeting the requirements of their Voluntary Contributions Agreement. The service also supports landowners who may have received notice that part or all of their land is at risk of being compulsorily acquired by Landcom.

To access support please contact the Case Manager.

Ms Michala Lander
Phone: 1800 810 680
Email: Michala.Lander@ghd.com

Following a comprehensive review of property acquisition activities, the NSW Government introduced a series of reforms designed to make the acquisition process fairer, more transparent and focussed on the needs of landowners.

For landowners in Precinct A, Stages 1-3 the Case Manager can provide support during the development process to help them understand the terms of the Voluntary Contributions Agreement and minimise the risk of their land being acquired.

If a landowner does not pay costs as agreed in their Voluntary Contributions Agreement, Landcom may compulsorily acquire part or all of their land 'by agreement' in accordance with the Development Plan and Voluntary Contributions Agreement.

The acquired land would be sold in order to recover all relevant project costs, which includes Shared Costs, Individual Costs and Specific Costs. Any surplus funds from sale of land would be returned to the landowner.

Yes. All discussions between the Case Manager and landowners are confidential, unless a landowner asks for certain information to be passed to Landcom.

No. Landowners do not have to take up the services of the Case Manager. We encourage landowners to continue communicating directly with Landcom to work towards meeting the obligations of their Voluntary Contributions Agreement. Landowners can contact the Landcom team on 1800 238 321 or via email at riverstone@landcom.nsw.gov.au.

No. The Case Manager cannot provide legal, financial, planning or other advice to landowners but can ask questions on their behalf to Landcom about procedural matters relating to the Voluntary Contributions Agreement. Landowners must always seek their own independent advice regarding the Development Plan and how it affects them.

Precinct A (Stages 1-3) subdivision process

No. The NSW Minister for Planning has rezoned the Riverstone Scheduled Lands to allow urban development. Blacktown City Council will only allow development to proceed once sewer, water and electricity infrastructure is in place and the subdivision is registered. Landowners can then prepare development applications and seek approval from Council to build on their land. Find out more about Blacktown City Council’s developer requirements.

To enable development the Riverstone Scheduled Lands require new and upgraded roads, water, sewer, and electrical services. New schools, public transport and community services are also planned to support new housing and development.

Once the subdivision works for Precinct A (Stages 1-3) are complete and the subdivision is registered, landowners will then be able to sell their land or lodge development applications with Blacktown City Council. Find out more about Blacktown City Council’s developer requirements.

Some trees will be removed as part of the subdivision works. The Development Plan provides for dedicated conservation areas.

After development applications for the new subdivision were approved, a suitable construction contractor was appointed through a tender process to complete the infrastructure works required for the development. Landcom appointed WEM Earthmoving to undertake subdivision works in Precinct A (Stages 1-3).

Precinct A (Stages 1-3) landowner arrangements

Landowners in Precinct A (Stages 1-3) have paid for the cost of development works, including the cost of:

  • all new infrastructure services (sewer, water, electricity), roads, drainage
  • remediation of contaminated land
  • demolition of existing structures
  • government fees and charges related to developing their land.

Landcom is managing these works on behalf of the majority of landowners. A small number of landowners have opted to independently manage these works using appropriately licenced contractors.

Landowners in the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) must make a contribution towards the cost of the subdivision works outlined in the Development Plan. The proportion of each landowner’s contribution is calculated and described in the Development Plan.

The cost of the subdivision works include the cost of all new services (sewer, water, electricity), roads, drainage and remediation of any contaminated land and demolition of existing structures. Landowners are also responsible for planning and project management costs, which include government fees and charges.

A Voluntary Contributions Agreement is a contract between individual landowners and Landcom for the development of their land. It outlines the amount payable and options to fund development works.

Landowners had two options for funding the costs associated with development in Precinct A (Stages 1-3), being:

  • Monetary Contribution: Money was paid to Landcom prior to work commencing, or
  • Land Trade: A portion of land was traded with Landcom to cover the costs associated with development.

If a landowner had not entered into a Voluntary Contributions Agreement with Landcom by the end of February 2017, either because they chose not to or were unable to, under the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, compulsory land acquisition powers could be triggered.

The triggering of acquisitions provides certainty for all landowners, as it allows the Development Plan process to go ahead in the manner that the majority of landowners voted for in the landowner ballot in early 2016.

An upfront payment by the landowner was made to Landcom and held in a dedicated account for development costs. Development costs are withdrawn from the account by Landcom to deliver development works on behalf of landowners.

New land titles are created once subdivision works are complete, and the Deposited Plan of the subdivision is registered with NSW Land Property Information.

Surplus funds remaining in the account after costs have been met at the completion of the Development Plan will be returned to the landowner.

Land always remains in the ownership of individual landowners.

Landowners in Precinct A (Stages 1-3) who chose to pay for the cost of development via a monetary contribution were required to pay upfront before the commencement of subdivision works for their stage.

Landowners in Precinct A (Stages 1-3) were required to make their payment 90 days before the commencement of subdivision works for their stage.

Landowners in Precinct A (Stages 1-3) had the option to pay for their share of costs of development with part of their land - this is called land trading. This means trading some of their land to pay for Development Plan costs.

Landowners could choose which lots they traded and which lots they kept.

Landcom will complete the works and sell the traded lot(s) on the market. Landcom will recoup its costs and return any surplus funds to the landowner as soon as reasonably practicable after the completion of the Development Plan.

There are application fees to council for the development approvals and two types of development fees and charges that are payable on new developments in the area:

  • Special Infrastructure Contribution fees: the whole of the Northwest Growth Centre, within which the Riverstone Scheduled Lands is located, is subject to an infrastructure levy administered by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to contribute towards the cost of biodiversity certification and land for schools, transport and emergency services in the area.
  • Local government fees: new development in the local government area is subject to a levy (formerly known as Section 94) administered by Blacktown City Council to contribute towards the cost of local facilities and services such as drainage areas, parks and community facilities.

It is standard practice for developers in NSW to pay for the cost of the roads, water, sewer and other services needed for developing their land.

If a landowner in Precinct A (Stages 1-3) did not enter into a Voluntary Contributions Agreement with Landcom by the end of February 2017, then Landcom could move to acquire the land under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 outlined in the Development Plan. This ensured Landcom could deliver the Development Plan approved by landowners through the ballot process.

After the Subdivision Order was issued by the NSW Minister for Planning in November 2016, Landcom, as the relevant authority for the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) commenced work to deliver the Development Plan

Under Schedule 7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the supporting provisions in the Regulation, landowners must vote on whether to consent to a Development Plan prepared under the provisions of the Act. The consent ballot is the voting process for landowners. A minimum of 60% of landowners, owning at least 60% of the land area, need to vote in favour for the NSW Minister for Planning to issue a Subdivision Order for development to proceed.

The ballot for Precinct A (Stages 1-3) was held in March 2016 and resulted in 80% of landowners, holding 88.5% of the land area, voting in favour of the Development Plan. This result met the majority required for the NSW Minister for Planning to make the Subdivision Order allowing Landcom to proceed with the Development Plan.

View the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) 2016 Consent Ballot Results Statement.

View the Riverstone Scheduled Lands Precinct A (Stages 1-3) 2016 Consent Ballot Scrutineer’s Report.

For further information please contact:

1800 238 321

riverstone@landcom.nsw.gov.au

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If you require the services of an interpreter, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask them to call Landcom on 1800 238 321. The interpreter will then assist you with the translation.

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