"THIS is planning how it should be done" is how Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly described Greenway, the area's newest residential subdivision, as major civil engineering works on the Richmond Road site got under way last Wednesday.
"People will not be living in a new frontier or wasteland [at Greenway], but in a new community with genuine opportunities," Mr Conolly said at the official launch of the development.
Representing Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, Mr Conolly said Greenway was a project that was "dear to us" and that "a priority" of the state government had been to "expedite housing growth".
Developed by Legacy Property and located at Marsden Park, Greenway is part of the North West Growth Centre.
Greenway chief executive Matthew Hyder said the development had "everything at its doorstep" including easy access to the M7 and was not far from train stations at Schofields, Blacktown and Riverstone.
Greenway is also near Sydney Business Park, off the southern side of Richmond Road, where major retailers including Bunnings, Costco, Masters and IKEA are building new outlets.
Mr Hyder said there had been about 110 sales in Greenway's first two releases of house and land packages during the past three months, with more land to be released during the course of this year.
When completed, the development will have up to 700 homes, a supermarket and specialty shops, a large village green, a half basketball court and barbecue area, cycle paths, walkways and natural landscaping.