Strategies under Review

Local Housing Strategy

Future residential development scenario for Fairfield City

Fairfield City Council has prepared a draft Local Housing Strategy that will outline where future growth will occur and in what form.

The Strategy will guide future planning decisions that promote well-designed, accessible and safe places for the community.

 Active transport including walking and cycling will be encouraged through close proximity of town centres and public transport.

The main centres of Fairfield and Cabramatta East, as well as other areas close to rail stations, services and infrastructure is the focus of future growth.

Council will use draft urban design studies for the City’s rail based centres including Fairfield, Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Carramar to provide high-quality new housing over the next 20 years.   

Plans guiding the Local Housing Strategy 

The Fairfield Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 2040 details the 20-year land use planning vision of Fairfield City and how this vision gives effect to A Metropolis of Three Cities – The Greater Sydney Region and the Western City District Plan, based on local characteristics and opportunities, and Fairfield City Council’s own priorities in the Fairfield City Plan (community strategic plan) prepared under the Local Government Act 1993. 

Five related themes make up the Vision for Fairfield City, implemented through 16 planning priorities with actions and timeframes for completing the actions. 

Planning priorities related to liveability and community wellbeing include: 

  • Planning Priority 1 - Provide housing that accommodates the needs of existing and future residents
  • Planning Priority 2 - Deliver greater housing diversity and affordability to meet the changing needs of the community
  • Planning Priority 3 - Plan for and manage areas identified for future urban development
  • Planning Priority 4 - Provide attractive, healthy and safe places for the whole community
  • Planning Priority 6 - Ensure infrastructure is aligned to accommodate planned growth and community needs. 

Planning Priority 1 responds to the following district and local planning priorities:

  • Western City District Plan - W5 Providing housing supply, choice and affordability with access to jobs, services and public transport.
  • 2016–2026 Fairfield City Plan - Theme 2 – Goal A – An accessible and liveable city. 

Under Planning Priority 1, Council's Local Housing Strategy will play an important role in planning for new housing opportunities.  Consistent with the Fairfield LSPS 2040 (including the LSPS Structure Plan) rezoning of land and changes to planning controls to create opportunities for new housing will be focused in existing residential areas and town centres in the eastern area of the City, creating more liveable neighbourhoods and meeting housing demand by responding to: 

  • Alignment of infrastructure: access to transport, jobs, education and health facilities
  • Amenity: access to recreation and walkable connections to centres and local jobs
  • Diversity: including a mix of types and adaptable housing
  • Displacement: Managing affordable rental housing stock
  • Efficiency: determining the nature of growth, location and demand for utilities
  • Housing need: availability of a range of housing types, tenures and price points, and
  • Market preferences: housing preferences reflecting where people want to live. 

For areas close to public transport (railway stations), services and facilities, an investigation for areas most suited for future redevelopment has been undertaken. 

Community consultation and engagement will form part of the Local Housing Strategy process that is anticipated to occur during March - April 2021 with the exhibition of the LEP Review - Stage 2 Planning Proposal.

Contact Council’s Customer Service Team for more information on 9725 0222


Biodiversity Strategy

The Biodiversity Strategy(PDF, 1MB) is a supporting document used in preparation of Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013, identifying the key areas in the City that have native vegetation and allocating a classification based upon the conservation value of the individual locations.

This information has been collated into a map that identifies those areas of the City that have some level of conservation value.

Open Space Strategy

The aims of the 2007 Open Space Strategy(PDF, 1MB) are to:

  • Provide a commentary on the progress of implementation of the 1999 Open Space Strategy
  • Identify new strategies for ongoing planning, design and management of open space
  • Identify new priorities for open space management
  • Inform the review of Council’s Section 94 Contributions Plan, and
  • Provide an acquisition and disposal rationale for land parcels for open space.

Contact Council’s Customer Service Team for more information on 9725 0222.