A new town will rise from the ashes of an industrial zone in western Sydney, the state government says, but it is not going to be easy.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes has outlined a proposal to create a neighbourhood from scratch in Camellia, a 321-hectare precinct about 1.5 kilometres east of Parramatta's CBD.
Under the government's plan, an avenue will be transformed into a business activity corridor.
The zone has long been dominated by heavy industry, including being home to the James Hardie asbestos factory and the Shell oil refinery.
However, under the government's plan, a town centre would be built with shops, public plazas, high-rise apartments and parks.