Industry Update April 2021


Planning Monthly Update 

Clause 4.6 Standard Instrument Amendments
Clause 4.6 under the Standard LEP Instrument has progressively replaced the previous State Planning Policy No 1 which was ultimately repealed on 1 February 2020. It is adopted in all standard format LEP’s across the State and provides a mechanism for a consent authority to apply flexibility in the application of development standards.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is exhibiting an Explanation of Intended Effect on proposed amendments to clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP until 12 May 2021. The key change is that a proposed development must be consistent with the objectives of the relevant development standard and land use zone, and the contravention will result in an improved planning outcome.

Clause 4.6 provides an appropriate level of flexibility that permits development to respond to individual site constraints and opportunities in lieu of proposing strict compliance with arbitrary numerical standards. An example is a departure from the height of buildings control on sloping sites where strict compliance with the height limit could otherwise result in an undesirable building form. Thus it is an important part of the planning system.

The Department is also seeking feedback on an alternative test to be applied in situations where the variation is minor.

To discuss further please contact Nathan Croft, Manager Planning & Development Strategy on 0419 845 089 or at

Construction Monthly Update 

Works have commenced on the $ 1.5 billion master-planned community, Wilton Greens:

Contractor, TRN Group, has broken ground on Risland Australia’s new $1.5 billion master-planned urban community, Wilton Greens. They have been contracted for the civil infrastructure and subdivision works to deliver the first 263 land parcels between Picton Road and Janderra Lane. Wilton Greens will comprise of 3600 land parcels across 433ha and is part of the Wilton Growth Area, located within the Wollondilly Local Government Area. Orion is pleased to be providing PM services to Risland on its future residential stages and associated open space.

This is only just one of the developments that will make up Wilton which is expected to become a landmark area in the Western Parkland City as highlighted in NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Wilton 2040, Aug 2018. The Wilton Growth Area sits at the junction of the Hume Motorway and Picton Road and consists of five precincts.

The major town centre at Wilton will include regional facilities, providing services to Wilton and the wider Wollondilly area. The Wilton Growth Area will necessitate upgrades to the existing roads and infrastructure. Orion’s Construction Team has over 65 years’ of combined experience working on similar road and infrastructure construction projects, such as various TfNSW and Council roads, rail construction, airports, and bridge projects.

For information on how we can assist with the delivery of any infrastructure development works that you may have, please contact our Construction Manager, Edmund Tsang on 0418 758 184 or at

Project Management Monthly Update 

Vineyard Growth Centre Precinct – Development Application Approvals
Hawkesbury City Council approved its first subdivision development application within the Vineyard Growth Centre Precinct earlier this month. This unlocks the first 69 residential lots within the Growth Precinct and as importantly, suggests the beginning of determinations of multiple other subdivision applications currently under assessment by the Council. Orion is proud to have provided Rawson Communities with project management, design, planning and construction management services in securing this significant milestone.

Stage 1 of the Vineyard Growth Centre Precinct is expected to provide 2,400 new homes over the next 20 years to support the growing Hawkesbury community.

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Sydney Water releases Growth Servicing Plan 2021
Sydney Water recently issued its updated Growth Servicing Plan, providing developers a high-level view of asset roll outs over the next 5 to 15 years. The Plan identifies key pieces of Sydney Water infrastructure across major greenfield and infill areas, aiming to assist developers in their strategic planning and development programming. The next update to the Growth Servicing Plan is expected in 2022.Details of the Growth Servicing Plan and associated mapping can be found here:

To discuss any of the above in greater detail please contact our Senior Project Manager – Joshua Pineda on 0477 444 702 or at

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