(formerly Northern CBD Planning Study)
In early 2019 Council commenced a planning study to the North of the North Sydney CBD called, ‘Northern CBD Planning Study’.
The purpose of this study is to carefully assess and manage development pressure that may arise from the Metro rail station that will be located on the corner of McLaren and Miller Streets, North Sydney and the commencement of its operation in 2024.
Council has already received ad-hoc proposals that seek to increase height and density on specific sites in the precinct. The preparation of a planning study aims to identify and preserve the characteristics of the precinct while managing future development.
The Civic Precinct and Surrounds Planning Study seeks to:
- Identify and retain the urban values of the precinct, including its heritage and character and balance these with any identified growth within the precinct.
- Explore whether the northern CBD area can accommodate managed development growth and to ensure that ad-hoc Planning Proposals are avoided.
- Identify possible improvements in the public domain, including pedestrian links, wayfinding, public open space and improved public domain amenity consistent with the broad objectives and directions identified in the draft North Sydney CBD Public Domain Strategy (2018).
- Explore possibilities to achieve public benefit within or on the periphery of the precinct because of and linked to any redevelopment that may be identified.
From July to August 2019 Council sought input from local stakeholders and the community. In response to feedback received from initial consultation, the Northern CBD Planning Study has been renamed to, ‘Civic Precinct & Surrounds Planning Study’
See: North Sydney Council Minutes - 28 October 2019 - Northern CBD Planning Study - Engagement Outcomes (523KB)
The next stage of the Study includes two workshops in late November 2019 to seek further community input to shaping the next part of the Study.
Background to the planning study
North Sydney Council accepted Accelerated LEP Review Grant Funding from the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) to align the North Sydney LEP with the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan on 29 October 2018. The Northern CBD Planning Study was identified as one study to be funded from the Accelerated LEP Review Grant. An overview of the principles of this study was reported to Council and endorsed at a Council meeting on 25 March 2019.
North Sydney Council Minutes - 25 March 2019 - Principles of the Study (395KB) (395KB)
This study is being undertaken concurrently with the draft North Sydney Local Strategic Planning Statement and draft North Sydney Local Housing Strategy (LEP Review). It complements other Masterplans already adopted by Council including St Leonards Park Masterplan, Ward Street Masterplan and North Sydney CBD Public Domain Strategy.
If you would like to discuss the Civic Precinct and Surrounds Planning Study, please contact Karen Buckingham, Executive Strategic Planner - on 9936 8100.
North Sydney Council Minutes - 28 May 2018 (554KB)
North Sydney Council Minutes - 29 October 2018 (621KB)
North Sydney Council Minutes - 19 November 2018 (554KB)
North Sydney Council Minutes - 25 March 2019 - Principles of the Study (395KB)
North Sydney Council Minutes - 24 June 2019 - Northern CBD Planning Study - Tender 22-2019 (482KB)
North Sydney Council Minutes - 28 October 2019 - Northern CBD Planning Study - Engagement Outcomes (523KB)