NSW Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, last week approved a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) which rezones land for housing and public recreation in Sutherland Shire.
The rezoning will allow for a $700 million project, providing nearly 33 hectares of low density housing adjacent to existing residential areas of Cronulla and more than 91 hectares of land for public recreation and conservation purposes.
Sutherland Shire Council approached the Department of Planning seeking to rezone the land owned by Australand and Breen because it was covered by a NSW Government planning instrument.
Mr Kelly said development controls in the SEPP will result in the construction of around 420 houses, helping the Council meet its dwelling targets under the Metropolitan Strategy.
"With Sydney's population set to increase by 1.7 million by 2036, it is important there is also the development of new regional recreational facilities to promote an active and healthy lifestyle," Mr Kelly said.
He said Council has entered into a voluntary planning agreement with the two landowners which sets out how the landowners will establish the open space, construct new sporting fields and transfer the land and facilities into public ownership.