North Sydney Development Control Plan (DCP)

The North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 contains detailed provisions on all aspects of development not covered under North Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013.

The DCP provisions are not legally binding, however they are given weight in the assessment of all development applications.

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The NSDCP 2013 supersedes all other development control plans previously adopted by Council. 

It identifies general issues, such as residential development and cultural resources, and localised planning issues derived from our Area Character Study.


Amendments

Commercial Tower Controls in the North Sydney CBD

At its meeting on 10 October 2022 Council resolved to adopt an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 2 – Commercial and Mixed Use Development within Part B and Section 2 – North Sydney Planning Area within Part C – Area Character Statements to NSDCP 2013 were amended to provide better design guidance for commercial towers in the North Sydney CBD.

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 20 October 2022 following that publication on Council's website.


East Walker Street Precinct

At its meeting on meeting on 23 May 2022 Council resolved to adopt an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 2 – North Sydney Planning Area to Part C – Area Character Statements to NSDCP 2013 was amended to include provisions that reflect the desired future built form outcomes for East Walker Street Precinct (173-179 Walker Street & 11-17 Hampden Street).

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 10 June 2022, following that publication on Council’s website.


Ward Street Precinct

At its meeting on meeting on 26 April 2022 Council resolved to adopt an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 2 - North Sydney Planning Area within Part C - Area Character Statements to NSDCP 2013 was amended to include provisions that reflect the desired outcomes identified within the Ward Street Precinct Masterplan.

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 2 May 2022, following that publication on Council's website.


27-57 Falcon Street, Crows Nest

At its meeting on 24 May 2021 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 introduce site specific development controls as it relates to land at 27-57 Falcon Street, Crows Nest.  The amendments affect section 3 of Part C of NSDCP 2013. In accordance with Resolution 3 to the Council report, Council published a notification on its website on 22 June 2021 stating that:

The new amendment to the NSDCP 2013 as it relates to 27-57 Falcon Street, Crows Nest will come into effect and appear at such time as the related planning proposal is formally gazetted by the Department of Planning.

Amendment 32 to North Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013, which gives effect to the planning proposal relating to land at 27-57 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, was made on 26 November 2021 following its publication on the NSW Legislation website. 

Accordingly, this amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 26 November 2021.


23-35 Atchison Street, St Leonards

At its meeting on 26 October 2020 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 amend the setback controls for the site at 23-35 Atchison Street, St Leonards relating to its future redevelopment as a mixed use building. The amendments affect section 3 of Part C of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 17 November 2020.


North Sydney DCP Review 2020

At its meeting on 24 August 2020 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 relates to aligning the DCP with the outcomes and recommendations of Council’s adopted Local Strategic Planning Statement, Local Housing Strategy and incorporation of a number of house-keeping amendments. These amendments affect most sections of the NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 14 September 2020.


Late Night Trading Hours 2020

At its meeting on 22 June 2020 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 relate to revising the permitted trading hours within the Kirribilli Village. These amendments affect Section 7 to Part B of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 2 July 2020.


North Sydney Character Statement

At its meeting on 19 February 2018 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 reflect the desired outcomes of the North Sydney Centre Capacity and Land Use Strategy.  The amendments affect Section 2 to Part C of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 15 March 2018.


Undergrounding of Overhead Cables

At its meeting on 20 November 2017 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 include the provisions that facilitate better outcomes concerning the undergrounding of overhead cables within specific areas identified in Council’s Undergrounding Master Plan. The amendments affect Section 2 to Part B of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 7 December 2017.


11 Cowdroy Avenue, Cammeray

At its meeting on 30 October 2017 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 introduce site specific development controls should the site at 11 Cowdroy Avenue, Cameray be developed for the purposes of a detached dual occupancy in accordance with Amendment No.21 to North Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013. The amendments affect section 4 of Part C of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 16 November 2017.


Hume Street Park

At its meeting on 19 September 2016 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 seek to allow the development of Hume Street Park in accordance with the Concept Design endorsed by Council on 21 September 2015. The amendments affect Section 3 of Part B of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 7 July 2016.


Education Precinct and St Leonards/Crows Nest Precincts 2 & 3

At its meeting on 14 June 2016 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendments to NSDCP 2013 reflect the recommended principles of the Education Precinct Planning Study (2013) and St Leonards/Crows Nest Planning Study Precincts 2&3. The amendments affect Parts B, C and D of NSDCP 2013.

The amendments to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 7 July 2016.


Car Parking Rates for Residential Flat Buildings in B4 Zone

At its meeting on 20 July 2015 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, the amendment to NSDCP 2013 introduces maximum parking rates for ‘residential flat buildings’ within the B4 Mixed Use zone.

The amended section of NSDCP 2013 came into effect on the 6 August 2015.


Late Night Trading Hours 2015

At its meeting on 16 March 2015 Council adopted amendments to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, a new chapter, Part B Section 7 - Late Night Trading Hours, has been incorporated within NSDCP 2013. It addresses issues specific and unique to North Sydney regarding late night trading, and sets trading hours that allow for the contemporary requirements of late night trading across North Sydney while acknowledging the proximity of residential development to many late night trading sites. 

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 26 March 2015.


Grosvenor Lane Car Park

At its meeting on 15 December 2014 Council adopted amendments to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 5.1.6 – Grosvenor Lane Car Park (located above) has been amended to include provisions to guide any future redevelopment of the subject site and adjoining land. 

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 8 January 2015.


North Sydney Bus Depot

At its meeting on 15 December 2014 Council adopted amendments to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 5.1.4 – North Sydney Bus Depot (Section 3 Part 5 above) has been amended to include provisions to guide any future redevelopment of the subject site and adjoining land.

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 8 January 2015.


St Leonards/Crows Nest Planning Study - Precinct 1

At its meeting on 3 February 2014 Council adopted an amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). In particular, Section 2.4.3 - Setbacks contained within Part B (Commercial and Mixed Use Development) and Section 3.1.3 - Desired Built Form contained within Part C (Area Character Statements - St Leonards/Crows Nest Planning Area) were amended to include provisions for increased setbacks and site-specific podium heights at locations identified by the St Leonards/Crows Nest Planning Study - Precinct 1.

The amendment to NSDCP 2013 came into effect on 20 February 2014.

  • Part B Section 2 - Commercial & Mixed Use Development (see DCP)

  • Part C Section 3 - St Leonards Planning Area (see DCP)



Draft Amendments

Draft Amendment to NSDCP 2013 - 45 McLaren Street, North Sydney

On 28 March 2022, Council resolved to support a Planning Proposal to amend North Sydney Local Environmental Plan (NSLEP) 2013 as it applies to land at 45 McLaren Street, North Sydney.  The Planning Proposal seeks to:

  • Changing the zoning from R4 High Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use (or MU1 Mixed Use, if the Employment Zone Reforms are implemented prior to the finalisation of this proposed amendment);
  • Increasing the maximum building height from 12m to part RL 103 (approx. and Part RL 115 (equivalent to 16 storeys);
  • Increase the maximum height of building limit from 12m to part RL 103 (approximately 36-43m) and Part RL 115 (approximately 47-51m max);
  • Impose a maximum floor space ratio of 6.25:1;
  • Impose a non-residential floor space ratio of 1:1
  • Amend Clause 4.4A – Non-Residential Floor Space Ratios to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street; and
  • Amend Clause 6.12A – Residential flat buildings in Zone B4 Mixed Use to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street.

Council also resolved on 28 March 2022, to endorse a draft site-specific amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan (NSDCP) 2013 to provide greater certainty as to the built form outcomes envisaged on the subject site and place that draft amendment on public exhibition concurrently with the Planning Proposal.  Council endorsed a further minor amendment to the draft DCP amendment on 22 August 2022.

This is on public exhibition from Monday 21 November 2022 to Monday 16 January 2023, and may be viewed as follows:

  • https://yoursay.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/pp-6-20
  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays; and
  • Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, during opening hours.

Amendment to NSDCP 2013 - St Leonards & Crows Nest Planning Area

North Sydney Council has proposed draft amendments to the North Sydney Development Control Plan (NSDCP) 2013. The changes seek to manage the increased height and density released in the State Government’s St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plan.

It implements the design guidelines in the 2036 Plan and provides amended and additional guidance to:

Manage the impacts of tall towers by: 

  • protecting solar and daylight access to the public domain and surrounding areas 
  • limiting tower width and providing adequate tower separation to allow sky views and reduce overshadowing impacts.

Create a human scale to the street and transition to lower density areas by: 

  • providing consistent street wall heights that respond to the site context
  • ensuring sufficient above podium setbacks are preserved 
  • providing building setbacks to the lot boundary where there is a major height transition to an adjoining residential zone.

Improve public spaces by:

  • providing footpath widening and outdoor dining opportunities through increased setbacks
  • ensuring street frontages are activated with retail uses
  • encouraging through site links with active frontages and landscape treatments.

This was on public exhibition October to November 2022:

https://yoursay.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/dcp-st-leonards-crows-nest-planning-area 


Draft NSDCP2013 Amendment - Car Parking Rates for new high-density developments in areas with high public transport access

There is a growing number of large-scale residential developments being proposed in North Sydney LGA. These proposals often include a very significant number of on-site carparking spaces.

The population forecast and extent of development both planned and proposed will significantly impact our road network. More and more, Governments are having to increase the capacity of these networks, by widening roads, building motorways (e.g., Western Harbour Tunnel) to "ease" congestion. The reality is that congestion cannot be eased or addressed by increasing capacity. Every car parking space provided in a private development generates multiple corresponding trips on our local roads. This adds to congestion and the demands on our already stretched car-based infrastructure. It also contributes to negative urban and environmental impacts.

As our population grows and more people choose to live in these well-connected suburbs, now is the right time for Council to encourage reduced car use and dependence, which incorporates our sustainability goals.

Council seeks the community’s feedback on draft amendments to the North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013). The amendments seek to reduce the rate of off-street parking for new high density residential developments in areas that have been identified as having high public transport accessibility (parts of Crows Nest, St Leonards, North Sydney, Wollstonecraft, Lavender Bay and Milsons Point).

The draft DCP amendment is on public exhibition from Tuesday 13 September 2022 to Tuesday 13 December 2022

https://yoursay.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/nsdcp-high-density-parking


270-272 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest

Public Exhibition of - Planning Proposal, Draft Amendment to NSDCP 2013, and Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement

On 16 June 2022, the Minister for Planning issued a Gateway Determination for a Planning Proposal at 270-272 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest, allowing the proposal to be placed on public exhibition. 

This Planning Proposal seeks to amend the planning controls to North Sydney Local

Environmental Plan 2013 for land at 270-272 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest. In particular, the proposed amendments include:

  • Increase the maximum Height of Buildings Map from 16m to 54m;
  • impose a maximum Floor Space Ratio Map of 5.6:1;
  • increase the minimum Non-residential Floor Space Ratio Map from 0.5:1 to 5.6:1;
  • insert a Site-specific clause allowing a maximum FSR of 6.02:1, provided any additional floor space above 5.6:1 is located below ground level and comprises non-residential uses.

The Planning Proposal is accompanied by a draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) comprising a monetary contribution of minimum $1.0 million with the potential for a maximum of $3.0 million (depending on a number of conditions being met including the site being developed to its full potential under the proposed changes to the LEP). The monetary contribution would go towards the provision of local infrastructure and facilities.

In addition, Council also resolved to place an associated draft amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013 (NSDCP 2013) on public exhibition concurrently with the Planning Proposal. This seeks to add further design consideration to any future development on the site.

This was on public exhibition August to September 2022:

https://yoursay.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/pp-1-21