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Consultation has concluded


In 2019, Council completed our Local Strategic Planning Statement Connective City 2036. This document set out a high-level land-use vision for Canterbury-Bankstown, including a centres approach to growth.

A centres approach to growth means that most of Council’s future jobs and housing growth will occur in existing centres with infrastructure and transport access. To ensure this growth is well planned, we are preparing place-based master plans. These master plans will help ensure that our centres are vibrant, prosperous and attractive places that the community can be proud of.

We have completed master plans for our City’s two largest centres, Bankstown and Campsie. Council is now planning for three of its local centres Lakemba, Belmore and Canterbury, and one of our small village centres, Belfield.

Engagement plan

  • Stage 2: Draft Master Plan Engagement

    Council seeks feedback on the draft Master Plan.

  • Stage 3: Exhibition Planning Proposal

    The community are invited to give further feedback.

Community Engagement Gallery

See below photos from various community engagement activities undertaken by Council as part of the Canterbury Master Plan.


The master planning process involves multiple steps, with multiple opportunities for the community to provide feedback.
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Early Engagement

    Monday 19 September – Sunday 23 October 2022

    Council is seeking early contributions and ideas from the community.

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Review of early engagement and preparation of technical report

    The Canterbury Master Plan will be developed by Council’s multidisciplinary team of experts, with input from technical consultants and consideration of the early engagement findings.

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Engaging with the community on the Draft Master Plan

    Council will seek feedback from the community on the draft Canterbury Master Plan.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Review of submissions

    Following this engagement period all submissions and feedback received on the draft plan will be reviewed to refine the Canterbury Master Plan.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Report to Council

    The refined draft Master Plan will be reported to Council for their consideration.

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Planning Proposal

    If supported by Council, staff will prepare a planning proposal to implement the Master Plan. A Planning Proposal will formally change the planning controls (including land zoning, building heights and other controls) applying to the centre. This planning proposal will be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination, seeking approval for public exhibition.*

    *Before a planning proposal goes on formal exhibition, it must go through the ‘Gateway Process’. The ‘Gateway Process’ refers to assessment of the Planning Proposal by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

    A ‘Gateway Determination’ is issued when the NSW Department of Planning and Environment decide that a planning proposal can progress to the next stage of the plan making process.

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Formal exhibition of the planning proposal

    Provided the NSW Department of Planning Environment issue a Gateway Determination, the planning proposal will be placed on public exhibition for further community comment.

    This is for a minimum of 28 days.

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Review of submissions

    Following exhibition, all submissions will be reviewed, and the Planning Proposal will be considered by Council to determine whether it will proceed for finalisation.

  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete


    The final outcomes of the consultation will be documented here, and the Planning Proposal will be sent back to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for finalisation and implementation.

Who's listening

If you have questions or want to learn more about the event, please contact the Council officers listed below.

In writing

By post to Mr Matthew Stewart, CEO, City of Canterbury Bankstown PO Box 8, Bankstown NSW 1885



Executive Planner – Urban Renewal

City of Canterbury Bankstown

Phone: 9707 5553



Community Engagement Officer

City of Canterbury Bankstown

Phone: 9707 9030

The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.

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