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Stylised map showing the three cities of Greater Sydney, featuring Metropolitan centres and clusters, transport corridors, waterways and natural and metropolitan areas.
A Metropolis of Three Cities
Vision

The Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities is built on a vision of three cities where most residents live within 30 minutes of their jobs, education and health facilities, services and great places.

Why a metropolis of three cities?

A Metropolis of Three Cities responds to the needs of Greater Sydney’s people and the region’s current and future structural challenges.

About the
Plan

A Metropolis of Three Cities integrates land use, transport and infrastructure planning between the three tiers of government and across State agencies.

People walking in a city centre

Past, present, and future

Population growth and metropolitan planning
Greater Sydney has grown from the home of Aboriginal peoples to an internationally significant economic metropolis. In the past 25 years, it has grown by 1.3 million to reach 4.7 million people.
Population growth rates at past regional plan and forecast dates
For most of the 20th century, Greater Sydney’s population grew at an annual rate of around 2.5 per cent.
Transport investment 1850-2050
Approaches to connecting the city have changed and, arguably, have come full circle since the 1909 Commission found: “The only effective method of dealing with this rapidly growing traffic lies in the construction of the City and Suburban railway systems”.