Design process

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In the early 1980s, the NSW Department of Planning identified the greenfield site as the location for a sub-regional centre to serve northwest Sydney, and purchased the land for this purpose. The Department of Planning later appointed Landcom as its representative to oversee delivery of the vision for the centre as population growth accelerated. The NSW Government required specific objectives to be met in the development of the site, including the creation of a vibrant town centre that was based on a main street model.

The Rouse Hill Town Centre forms the centrepiece of Stage One of the regional centre. In 2002/2003 through a tender process, the NSW Government selected the Lend Lease/GPT (General Property Trust) joint venture to develop and masterplan the Town Centre site. GPT will own and manage the Rouse Hill Town Centre. The Masterplan for the Rouse Hill Regional Centre was approved by Baulkham Hills Shire Council on 24 March 2004. The Town Centre and immediately surrounding development area is now labelled The New Rouse Hill.

Construction of the Town Centre began in April 2006. Stage One of the Town Centre, which includes 65,000m² of retail and commercial floor space was opened in September 2007. The second stage of the Town Centre is due to open in 2008 and will include additional shops, commercial development as well as a library and community buildings. Construction of dwellings within and surrounding the Town Centre will be provided incrementally over the period to 2010.

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