Liverpool City Centre Rezoned to be Sydney’s 3rd CBD

Liverpool Skyline Development August 2018
Liverpool Skyline Development August 2018 - Source: Strait_City from SkyscraperCity Forums

The Liverpool CBD has been rezoned to allow mixed-use developments in its former commercial core, it will be a total of 25 hectares (250,000sqm) of land which has been converted from commercial to mixed-use. The rezoning was announced by Planning minister Andrew Constance in conjunction with the Liverpool City Council Mayor Wendy Waller.

Here is a map of the affected areas of the rezoning, most of it occurred from Liverpool Station to Liverpool Westfields including the entire Macquarie Mall precinct:

Liverpool Rezone Map for Mixed-use
Liverpool Rezone Map for Mixed-use - Source: Liverpool City Council

With the development of Parramatta which is steaming ahead & set to be Sydney’s 2nd CBD, talk has emerged of Liverpool being a genuine city centre for the South West region of Sydney as there is a booming local population & new growth corridors both within close proximity such as the South-West Growth Area & the Western Sydney Aerotropolis which is within the City of Liverpool boundary itself which will be economically supported by the new Western Sydney Airport due to open in 2026.

This scenario of a strong local population, along with a growing new population sets the foundation for a strong white collar workforce to emerge from within the region & jobs which could potentially be created within the city centre, which eliminates the need to travel to either the Sydney CBD or the Parramatta CBD.

Liverpool Future Mixed Use Tower Render
Liverpool Future Mixed Use Tower Render - Source: Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Future Mixed-use Highrise Aerial
Liverpool Future Mixed Use Tower Aerial - Source: Liverpool City Council

Liverpool is changing, there are several developments which have recently been completed which have completely transformed the skyline such as The Paper Mill development on the Georges river & Skyhaus development on the Hume Highway & Hoxton Park Road intersection reaching 100m in height, however, there are money more project in the pipeline such as the Liverpool Civic Centre which has been proposed & could potentially be built now given the recent rezoning changes within the CBD.

With the recently opening on Western Sydney University’s campus in the Liverpool CBD & the continued development of highrise apartments on the fringe of the Liverpool CBD with developments such as Liverpool Central, the stage is set for Liverpool to transform its commercial core into a proper mixed-use city centre which has the potential to accommodate 10,000 additional residents & 22,000 additional jobs.

A short intro video representing Liverpool as Sydney's Third Centre

Although big changes have already occurred in the Liverpool city centre over the past 5 years, the next 5-10 years will be the turning point where Liverpool goes from a regional centre within Sydney to a true CBD in its own right, contributing significantly to both the Sydney metropolitan & the NSW economy becoming a state significant precinct & a future Parramatta in its own right.

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Dejan is the Founder & head journalist of Build Sydney. He obtained a degree in Computer Science and has a passion for urban development. He has a goal to report on Sydney's Journey from a major international regional city into a truly global city, most notably the changes in the urban landscape, high rise buildings, infrastructure and transport.

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