In 2015, the NSW State Govt announced the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project (part of the wider Sydney Metro line).
This new railway includes two new Metro stations in our area
- Victoria Cross (North Sydney CBD), and
- Crows Nest
North Sydney Council is working to ensure that the arrival of this major new transport infrastructure generates the highest possible level of benefit to the North Sydney community, particularly in terms of the public domain, pedestrian safety and amenity, street life and economic activity. We also work with TfNSW to minimise the local impacts during construction.
Voluntary Planning Agreement - March 2021 update
Council at its meeting on 22 February 2021 endorsed a draft VPA for public exhibition for the Crows Nest Over Station Development:
Crows Nest Overstation Development
Blues Point temporary tunnel access site
In July 2020, Sydney Metro extended the usage of the Blues Point temporary site by an additional 12 months. The site is used in the under-harbour tunnel fit out work between Barangaroo and Victoria Cross stations.
Community feedback was incorporated and addressed in a modification report submitted to the DPE.
DPE website please visit the NSW Planning Portal to view the report and feedback.
To sign up, or for more information, please email their community team at email@example.com
Project website: https://www.sydneymetro.info/station/blues-point-temporary-tunnel-access-site
Crows Nest Integrated Station Development
Sydney Metro received planning approval for Crows Nest Station in Jan 2017, and sought approval for the buildings above and adjacent to the station. Sydney Metro organised two community information sessions (Nov/Dec in Crows Nest). The concept State Significant Development application and EIS were lodged with the DPE, exhibited until Jan 2019, and can be viewed here: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects.
Early community engagement has helped shape the proposal, which includes a mix of residential apartments, green space, community services, commercial office space and a potential hotel. The EIS is also online at https://www.sydneymetro.info/integrated-station-development
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
The Sydney Metro City and Southwest - Chatswood to Sydenham EIS was released on May 2016:
View this newsletter summarising the purpose and content of the EIS (2MB).
Council has made a submission to the EIS exhibition process, which was endorsed by Council on 18 July 2016 (460KB).
Sydney Metro Planning Study - background
In response to the State Government's 2015 Metro announcement, Council resolved to ensure that the built form, land use and public domain outcomes resulting from the Metro deliver the highest possible public benefit to the North Sydney community.
The Sydney Metro Planning Study has been prepared by Council to inform and guide on-going planning and design of the Metro sites and immediate surrounds. The Study condenses all relevant existing Council policy, identifies opportunities for improved public domain and land use outcomes, and establishes a set of principles to be applied to the ongoing planning and design of the Metro station sites. The Study also makes a number of recommendations for further detailed work to be undertaken to inform future Council decision making.
Council adopted the Planning Study at its meeting of 16 May 2016 in the CiS01 Sydney Metro Planning Study report and see the Minutes for the resolution of Council.
A built-form addendum was adopted by Council at its meeting of 20 February 2017 in the CiS04 Sydney Metro Planning Study built form section (16MB).
The study can be viewed here: Metro Planning Study (15MB).
Central Laneways Masterplan
The Sydney Metro Planning Study recommended, among other things, that a masterplan be prepared for the small streets / laneways network to the east of the Victoria Cross Metro station location. The Study identified the need to ensure that the network can safely accommodate the expected increase in pedestrian activity, and also the opportunity for Council to pursue place-making initiatives that will help foster a unique destination within the North Sydney Centre.
The Central Laneways Masterplan, adopted on 18 July 2016, draws on existing policy and identifies key moves or opportunities within the precinct that will inform the on-going planning and design response to the Sydney Metro and other development within the precinct. The four key moves identified by the Masterplan are to:
- Revisit - 1 Denison Street approval;
- create a pedestrian priority precinct;
- implement Brett Whiteley Place concept plan; and
- facilitate new spaces and activities.
View the Central Laneways Masterplan (17MB).
View the Report on the Laneways Masterplan to Council.
Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study
The Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study has been prepared by Council to inform Council’s input into the State Government’s strategic planning investigation of Crows Nest, St Leonards, and Artamon industrial areas. In July 2016, the State Government announced that it would undertake a 'Priority Precinct' investigation into the area and prepare a strategy to direct future development and infrastructure provision associated with the Metro station at Crows Nest.
The Study articulates the community’s aspirations for the area and proposes a suite of principles and character statements that encourage well designed new buildings that realise the potential of the new public transport infrastructure whilst contributing towards the activity, amenity and character of Crows Nest, St Leonards centre and surrounds.
Council on 5 December 2016 adopted the Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study.
Find out More
Information about the Metro project is on the TfNSW Sydney Metro website https://sydneymetro.info
For the City and Southwest project: https://www.sydneymetro.info/citysouthwest/project-overview
For the Crows Nest station: https://www.sydneymetro.info/station/crows-nest-station
For the Victoria Cross station: https://www.sydneymetro.info/station/victoria-cross-station
Sydney Metro works (since March 2017) on the Victoria Cross station in North Sydney, please check for any approved Out of Hours works.
Have Your Say
Council's Strategic Planning dept is responsible for coordinating the planning, policy and design response to the Metro, and Gavin McConnell, Executive Planning Advisor can be contacted on 9936 8100.