St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct

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There are three inter-related NSW Govt consultations regarding the St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct:

  1. A St Leonards and Crows Nest draft planning package
    (exhibition until 8 Feb 2019).
  2. This also includes a rezoning proposal for an Over Station Development at Crows Nest Sydney Metro Station
    (exhibition closed 3 Dec 2018).
  3. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the concept state significant development (SSD) application for the Crows Nest Over Station Development
    (exhibition until 13 Dec 2018)

1. St Leonards and Crows Nest draft planning package - on exhibition until 8 Feb 2019

On 15 Oct 2018, the Department of Planning and Environment released a package of detailed documents (technical background studies in heritage, feasibility, urban design, transport etc) relating to the St Leonards Crows Nest Planned Precinct. This package comprises:

  • St Leonards Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan;
  • St Leonards & Crows Nest Draft Local Character Statement;
  • St Leonards Crows Nest Draft Green Plan;
  • St Leonards Crows Nest Proposed Special Infrastructure Contribution; and
  • Crows Nest Sydney Metro Site Rezoning Proposal.

Further details on the exhibition process and how to make a submission can be found at:

Council staff reviewed all documents and reported this matter to Council to consider its response:

CiS03 NSW Govt Plans for St Leonards & Crows Nest - Overview (699KB)

2. Rezoning Proposal - exhibition closed 3 Dec 2018

3. The EIS - on exhibition until 13 Dec 2018

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the concept state significant development (SSD) application for the Crows Nest Over Station Development (exhibition until 13 Dec 2018)




On 4 Aug 2017 the NSW Government released its Interim Statement on the future of Crows Nest, St Leonards and the Artarmon industrial area.

The statement includes a draft vision, objectives, guiding principles and ten character statements that are to guide future development and infrastructure delivery in the precinct over the next 20 years. Community comment closed on 17 September 2017. Council commented:

North Sydney Council’s submission 4 September 2017 (730KB)


What is a Planned Precinct?

Previously referred to as ‘priority precinct’, a ‘planned precinct’, as it is now called, is a geographical area that the NSW Government has formed the view should support significant increases in jobs and dwellings due to its proximity to good public transport. Plans for the area are prepared by the Department of Planning & Environment, rather than local government.

On 7 July 2016, the former Minister for Planning announced a "strategic planning investigation" into Crows Nest, St Leonards and Artarmon industrial area. On 1 June 2017 the area was formally declared a "priority precinct". It now forms part of the NSW Government’s housing affordability package which includes fast-tracking the delivery of 30,000 new dwellings across the Metropolitan area.

The precinct covers parts of North Sydney, Lane Cove and Willoughby local government areas. It is focused around the new metro station at Crows Nest and St Leonards station, and extends out towards the Naremburn, Holtermann and Hayberry conservation areas, Wollstonecraft and the Artarmon industrial area.

For details, including a map, go to Planning & Environment website.


What is the NSW Government proposing?

The NSW Government has engaged a suite of consultants to review the planning controls that apply to the precinct. It is understood draft plans will be released in early 2018 for public comment. The Minister for Planning will determine the final plans.

A new State levy (SIC) to fund district level infrastructure is also being developed.

In the meantime, the Interim Statement (pdf), which was released on 4 August 2017, gives some indication as to what is being proposed. It contains the following draft vision statement:

"The St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct has a strategic role within the Sydney metropolitan area. It provides a unique opportunity to strengthen and develop many of the existing qualities which attract people to live, work and relax here. Future development will be responsive to place with a clear identity and purpose, which is inspiring, enjoyable and rewarding."

To support that vision, the Interim Statement suggests the following:

Density: St Leonards and the area surrounding Crows Nest Station will accommodate significant density increases through "transit oriented development" that will include both commercial and tall mixed use towers.

Employment: 19,000 new jobs will be supported across the precinct by 2036 by providing at least 284,000m2 of additional employment floorspace.

Crows Nest village and conservation areas: The fine grain scale and amenity of Crows Nest Village (between Hume St and Alexander St) and the conservation areas are to be protected.

Industrial land: The employment and urban service function of the Artarmon industrial area is to be protected although there is some suggestion the area will be allowed to diversify and evolve over time.

Open space: A network of new and existing open spaces will be created to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport use. There are no specific proposals at this time.

Social infrastructure: There is a commitment to providing "adequate social infrastructure" including 10% affordable housing and a new school.

Transport: Maximum parking rates will limit traffic generated by new developments and proposals to improve pedestrian links across the Pacific Highway will be considered.

Further details, including background studies, go to Planning & Environment website.


How has local government been involved?

Local government’s role in the priority precinct process is outlined in a Terms of Reference (19KB). This includes the establishment of an executive-level Project Control Group (PCG) and a Project Working Group that include representatives from Lane Cove, Willoughby and North Sydney Council. Ms Deborah Dearing, North District Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission, chairs the PCG.

The Department has sought Council’s comments on draft documents over the course of the year. Documents released by the Department do not, however, reflect North Sydney Council policy.

Council’s policy in relation to development around the new Crows Nest Metro station can be found in the Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study. The community is welcome to use the principles and ideas from this study to respond to NSW Government’s plans. We have further details about Sydney Metro station development.


When will the community be involved?

The community should play an important role in developing plans for the future of Crows Nest, St Leonards and Artarmon. Opportunities to Have Your Say are linked on this page when available.


More information

Council’s Strategic Planning department is responsible for coordinating a response to the priority precinct. Emma Booth, Team Leader Design can be contacted on 9936 8100.

Terms of Reference for the Priority Precinct (19KB)

CiS06 Council report 24 July 2017: Update on St Leonards, Crows Nest & Artarmon Priority Precinct (1MB)

Crows Nest Placemaking and Principles Study