Military Road Corridor Planning Study

From 2019 onwards Council has been preparing a planning study for the Military Road Corridor in response to significant development interest along Military Road.

Stage 1 focuses on Neutral Bay Town Centre, the area generally located between Ben Boyd Road to the west and Hampden Avenue to the east and is the subject of this consultation.

Stage 2 will comprise the remainder of the corridor, including the island bordered by Military Rd and Falcon St, and the Cremorne Town Centre.

The objectives of the planning study are to:

  • engage with the community to inform the desired future character of the corridor;

  • develop a vision, structure plan and principles that will manage future development pressure; and

  • ensure tangible public benefits support job and housing growth by identifying necessary public domain upgrades and social infrastructure.


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On 24 January 2022, an extraordinary Council meeting was held at the Council Chambers.

At the meeting, Council resolved to rescind the Neutral Bay Town Centre - Future Directions Planning Study (dated 22 February 2021) and conduct an internal briefing on the matter.

During the recent election, Council had received strong community feedback on the proposed height and scale of some sites in the Future Directions Planning Study. Council noted the community feedback and decided not to adopt the study, as amended, as the strategic development framework for the Neutral Bay town centre.

Council resolved to prepare an updated strategic development framework for Neutral Bay town centre by engaging with the community and stakeholders. The revised recommendation is to strike a better balance between development height and the provision of additional public open space.

More information in the Council Meeting Minutes: Council Meeting Minutes - 24 January 2022 (1MB)


Background to the Planning Study

Military Road Planning


From 2017-2019, Council was approached by various parties representing development interests along the Military Road Corridor. Council has consistently advised that ad-hoc proposals to amend planning controls are not supported, and that a comprehensive framework, through a planning study, should lead and guide future development.

The planning study will consider:

  • regional and local strategic and policy context

  • Precinct character

  • built form and potential impacts

  • transport and access

  • economic and demographic context

  • employment capacity

  • public domain and social infrastructure.

The study was to be informed by consultation with the local community. Community consultation included:

  • community survey (6 July to 22 August 2018)

  • public exhibition of two discussion papers (8 August 2019 to 9 September 2019)

  • public exhibition of the draft Future Directions Planning Study (26 April to 31 July 2020)

Details on community engagement can be found at the Please visit our Have Your Say website


On 22 February 2021, Council adopted the Stage 1 post-exhibition report including the amended:

Neutral Bay Town Centre - Future Directions Planning Study (19MB) 

The Planning Study provides a framework for ongoing discussion with local landowners about the future development of the Centre. It promotes managed jobs and housing growth, while maintaining the much-loved village atmosphere of the Neutral Bay Town Centre.

Future development will be supported by:

  • Public domain improvements including significant new public plazas

    • A 1,000m2 new Rangers Road Plaza

    • A 2,500 m2 new Grosvenor Lane Plaza

    • A 1,000m2 new Young Street Plaza

  • Relocation of the Grosvenor Lane car park underground

  • A 1,000m2 community centre with accessible public amenities and family room

  • A 600m2 creative makers art alley

  • 28 regional secured commuter bicycle parking spaces

The future Grosvenor Lane Plaza is planned to remain in Council’s ownership. Any approach to utilise any aspect of this land by private interests, will be required to undergo a public expression of interest process.

More information in the Councillor Report: Military Rd Corridor Planning Study - post exhibition outcomes and amended future direction (70MB)



If you would like to discuss the Military Road Corridor Planning Study, please contact Jing Li, Senior Strategic Planner - Urban Design, on 9936 8100.

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