The Planning Department has rezoned the Wilton Town Centre Precinct which will become the residential, retail, commercial and entertainment centre of the Wilton Growth Area.
In the short term the project will mean up to 7000 new jobs, 1600 homes, a new K to 12 school, a new public transport terminal and facilities including libraries, sporting fields, a leisure centre and community facilities.
Wollondilly Mayor Robert Khan says it's great news for the region, as the jobs boost will be "fantastic for the area".
Plans to fast-track infrastructure development were also crucial, he said, as Wilton took its first steps to major growth.
He predicted Wilton would grow to about the size of Port Macquarie as it catered for the growing demand for homes close to Sydney.
"When it's completed, we're expecting about 50,000 people in Wilton, which is why we need rail, we need public transport, we need the infrastructure," Cr Khan said.
Council has been advocating strongly to ensure Wilton gets the infrastructure it needs, when it needs it, and to ensure that it has everything it requires to build a thriving, healthy community.
The Wilton Town Centre rezoning will take effect on March 31, 2022, allowing time for local and state Voluntary Planning Agreements to be finalised with the proponent.
Draft agreements will go out for public comment in early 2022.
To support the growth, the rezoning includes land for a new public school, open space and sports fields, and improved roads and public transport infrastructure with provision for a central bus terminal.
The rezoning also provides protection for 37 hectares of environmentally sensitive land which will help provide space for local wildlife into the future.
Images: Department of Planning, Wollondilly Shire Council