About UrbanGrowth NSW
In 1975 the Whitlam federal government initiated the establishment of state land commissions. In 1976 following the NSW state election, the Wran government established the Land Commission of New South Wales (what would later become Landcom). The organisation’s main purpose was to acquire land for present and future urban development and other public uses, with sales to be made at the ‘lowest practicable price’.
- 1985 to 1994
A focus on consolidation and sustainability
By the mid 1980s Landcom had become an active supporter and driver of urban consolidation, creating a Special Projects Unit in 1985 to concentrate on promoting medium density development with smaller lots and innovative design.
During the period of the early 1990s the organisation also developed a focus on sustainability, and worked to arrest Sydney’s urban sprawl by focusing on urban infill and medium density greenfields development.
- 1995 to 2001
Towards urban renewal
From 1995-2001 the organisation began an important shift. Its activities started to move away from greenfields development and into urban redevelopment projects in the inner and middle-ring suburbs of the Sydney metropolitan area.
This shift coincided with the opportunity to assist the government in its urban consolidation policy, and as a result Landcom began developing expertise in urban renewal. During this time the organisation also undertook a management review and appointed an eight-member external board.
A state-owned corporation
In 2002 Landcom became a state-owned corporation under the Landcom Corporation Act 2001. It also had a new stated aim: to become a leader in urban design, environmental sustainability, and community creation. During the 2000s an important focus of the organisation was setting the highest standards in sustainability principles across its portfolio of projects.
There was also a renewed focus on joint ventures with both the private sector and government. This allowed the organisation to make development less costly, less time consuming, and more efficient, but without compromising any of the standards or probity expected of a public agency.
- 2011 to 2015
10,000 homes target
In 2011 Landcom was charged with delivering 10,000 new housing lots across its Western Sydney projects over a four year period. Proudly, this target was met three months ahead of schedule in March 2015.
2013 and onwards
The culmination of the organisation’s transition to date came about in 2013 when UrbanGrowth NSW was established, integrating and refocusing the roles of the former Landcom.
Since March 2014 we have had a new mandate. We’re now focusing on the planning and delivery of major urban transformation programs that leverage government land and transport infrastructure to underpin the future prosperity and international competitiveness of NSW.
As part of this mandate, in 2015 we were challenged to supply the dwelling equivalent of 20,000 new homes over the following four years to meet the needs of Sydney’s growing population.