Strategic Planning Direction

To plan and manage growth and change in The Hills, and guide the preparation of Council’s Local Environmental Plan, a Local Strategy and a suite of strategic work have been prepared.

This page includes the following strategic planning documents (and documents that have supported their preparation):

  • Local Strategy and Directions (2010)
  • The Hills Corridor Strategy (2015)
  • Castle Hill North Precinct Plan (2015)
  • Edwards Road Industrial Precinct Master Plan (2013)
  • Baulkham Hills Town Centre Master Plan (Exhibited Draft)


Local Strategy and Directions



Local Strategy

Local-Strategy-Cover.jpgThe Local Strategy is the principal document for communicating the future planning of the Shire and includes the objectives of longer term planning projects of the State Government as well as responding to, and planning for, local needs such as employment, housing and transport. The Local Strategy focuses on seven key areas of direction, in line with the suite of strategy work undertaken.

Local Strategy(PDF, 40MB)



Residential Direction

Residential DirectionThe Residential Direction adopted by Council on 10 June 2008 aims to give Council, the community and developers a clear strategy for the future planning and management of residential development and growth to 2031. The Direction reviews progress in achieving additional dwellings and demonstrates the capacity to accommodate State Government dwelling targets into the future. It also addresses key housing issues such as special needs housing, affordability, sustainability, streetscape and residential character.

A range of strategies and actions have been prepared under the following four Key Directions:

  • Accommodating population growth
  • Respond to changing housing needs 
  • Provide a sustainable living environment
  • Facilitate quality housing outcomes

Residential Direction(PDF, 4MB)



Waterways Direction 

Waterways DirectionWaterway environments can include natural creeks and rivers, rehabilitated channels, constructed wetlands, man-made stormwater systems and detention basins, as well as open water bodies and wetlands.  The Waterways Direction adopted by Council on 10 June 2008 has been prepared to reflect Council’s desired approach to guide the planning, protection, management and maintenance of the Shire’s waterways.

The Direction is structured around the following four Key Directions:

  • Manage and plan for floodplain risk and floodplain use
  • Effective stormwater system planning 
  • Effectively manage the stormwater system
  • Manage the Shire’s natural waterways

Waterways Direction(PDF, 2MB)



Environment and Leisure Direction

Environment & Leisure DirectionThe Environment and Leisure Direction adopted by Council on 12 August 2008 aims to give Council and the community a clear strategy for the future planning and management of land that has been identified as having leisure, scenic, recreation, environmental or heritage conservation value.

A range of strategies and actions have been prepared under the following six Key Directions:

    • Protect and manage the Shire's environment and leisure spaces
    • Provide high quality spaces for community recreation and enjoyment
    • Improve the accessibility and connectivity of environment and leisure spaces
    • Provide for public domain spaces that encourage community interaction
    • Conserve the Shire's unique diversity of plants and animals
    • Protect Aboriginal cultural heritage

    Environment and Leisure Direction(PDF, 4MB)



    Centres Direction

    Centres DirectionCentres are more than just places to shop or work. They are also the venue for civic functions, social interaction, and recreation, and are an ideal location for community facilities and public transport hubs.  The Centres Direction was adopted by Council on 23 June 2009 to achieve the creation of vibrant and accessible centres that meet community needs. 

    A range of strategies and actions have been prepared under the following four key directions:

    • Create vibrant centres that meet the needs of the community
    • Make centres more attractive places to visit
    • Make centres accessible to the community
    • Improve the functioning and viability of existing centres
    • Plan for new centres in new areas 

    Centres Direction(PDF, 4MB)



    Employment Lands Direction

    Employment Lands DirectionThe provision of suitable employment lands is needed to balance the urban growth of the Shire and facilitate economic development. The Employment Lands Direction adopted by Council on 23 June 2009 seeks to contribute to the economic growth of the Shire, for local businesses to grow, meet local service needs and provide opportunities to work close to home. 

    A range of strategies and actions have been prepared under the following six Key Directions:

    • Accommodate the growth of a modern local economy to meet community needs
    • Enhance the attractiveness of the Shire for new business and visitors
    • Promote growth in local business and employment opportunities
    • Enhance the use and viability of existing employment lands
    • Plan for new employment lands
    • Encourage quality employment lands  

    Employment Lands Direction(PDF, 4MB)



    Integrated Transport Direction

    Integrated Transport DirectionTransport, in particular public transport, is considered to be one of the key issues facing The Hills Shire and the North West Region of Sydney. The development of a better transport network is needed to achieve balanced urban growth in the Shire and improve quality of life. The Integrated Transport Direction adopted by Council on 11 May 2010 provides a package of solutions to provide greater connectivity between key destinations and ensure that residents can get where they need to go with a range of integrated travel options.

    A range of strategies and actions have been prepared under the following five Key Directions:

    • Plan and manage the Shire's transport network to meet community needs.
    • Facilitate delivery of a cohesive transport network.
    • Promote and enhance sustainable travel choices.
    • Plan for an integrated transport network for new areas.
    • Encourage quality transport outcomes.

    Integrated Transport Direction(PDF, 5MB)



    Rural Lands Strategy

    Rural StrategyThe Rural Lands Strategy was adopted by Council on 19 August 2003 with a resolution to prepare a draft Local Environmental Plan and draft Development Control Plan taking into account the growth management philosophy, development principles and objectives of the Rural Lands Strategy.

    In June 2005, Council resolved to exhibit a draft Rural Lands LEP and draft Rural Lands DCP. The draft plan and draft DCP were not exhibited or gazetted due to the need to await the release of the Metropolitan Strategy and North West Subregional Strategy.

    The Rural Lands Strategy and statutory work undertaken to date will inform the drafting of the rural zones for LEP 2010 and a review of development controls for rural zoned land in the Baulkham Hills DCP. 

    Rural Strategy(PDF, 18MB)



    Supporting Documents


    Centres, Employment & Transport

    Baulkham Hills Retail Floorspace and Demand Analysis 2008(PDF, 8MB)

    Baulkham Hills Employment Lands Demand Analysis 2008(PDF, 112MB)

    Integrated Transport Study 2009(PDF, 6MB)



    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Background and Issues Report 2001(PDF, 20MB)

    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Community Consultation Report 2001(PDF, 9MB)

    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Strategic Environmental Assessment and Strategy Framework 2002(PDF, 43MB)

    Natural Asset Mapping for Baulkham Hills Shire Council 2002(PDF, 2MB)

    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Village Character Analysis and Urban Design Guidelines 2003(PDF, 107MB)

    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Community Communication Report 2003(PDF, 46MB)

    Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study Stage 3 Plan Making Background Report 2004(PDF, 6MB)

    Ecological Status of Remnant Bushland in Baulkham Hills Shire 2004(PDF, 557KB)

    Independent Review of the Baulkham Hills Rural Lands Study 2005(PDF, 1MB)



    The Hills Corridor Strategy 2015

    The-Hills-Corridor-Strategy-2015-web.jpgThe Hills Corridor Strategy 2015(PDF, 43MB)

    Supporting Documents

    The Hills Corridor Strategy Demographic Assessment 2015(PDF, 6MB)

    The Hills Corridor Strategy Infrastructure Assessment 2015(PDF, 863KB)

    The Hills Corridor Strategy Transport Assessment 2015(PDF, 2MB)

    The Hills Corridor Strategy Employment Assessment 2015(PDF, 1MB)


    Castle Hill North Precinct Plan 2015

    Castle-Hill-North-Precinct-Plan-2015.jpgCastle Hill North Precinct Plan 2015(PDF, 35MB)

    Edwards Road Industrial Precinct Master Plan 2013

    Edwards-Road-Industrial-Precinct-Master-Plan-2013.jpgEdwards Road Industrial Precinct Master Plan 2013(PDF, 4MB)

    Supporting Documents

    Edwards Road Industrial Precinct Economic and Employment Study 2012(PDF, 3MB)

    Edwards Road Industrial Precinct Traffic and Accessibility Study 2012(PDF, 5MB)

    Edwards Road Industrial Precinct Flora and Fauna Assessment 2012(PDF, 8MB)


    Baulkham Hills Town Centre Master Plan - Exhibited Draft

    Baulkham-Hills-Town-Centre-Master-Plan-Exhibited-Draft.jpgBaulkham Hills Town Centre Master Plan - Exhibited Draft(PDF, 30MB)

    Shire Wide Heritage Study

    Shire Wide Heritage Study.jpgShire Wide Heritage Study (1993 - 1995)(PDF, 43MB)


    For queries regarding the above strategic documents and the The Hills LEP 2012 contact the Forward Planning Team on +61 2 9843 0555.