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The Department of Planning and Environment is working with Lane Cove, North Sydney and Willoughby City councils to undertake a strategic planning investigation of the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct. The Precinct is located five kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD and includes the suburbs of St Leonards, Greenwich, Naremburn, Wollstonecraft, Crows Nest and Artarmon.


The Precinct is identified as a Strategic Centre in the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) draft North District Plan. The importance of the Precinct as a key employment centre in Sydney, combined with a new metro station at Crows Nest presents a unique opportunity for renewal and a co-ordinated plan for the Precinct. The NSW Government is looking to provide new homes and jobs located close to transport and social infrastructure such as open space and schools.


Project governance

Staff from all three councils are represented on the Project Working Group and Control Groups. The Control Group is chaired by the GSC's North District Commissioner and Councillor's are kept informed through briefings and an Advisory Committee. 



Planning process


The planning investigation will be in three stages. A draft vision, objectives and guiding planning principles were developed in the first stage in conjunction with the councils:


Read the interim statement here

The Department has reviewed the recent strategic planning work by all three councils and combined into a single comprehensive plan for the St Leonards and Crows Nest town centre. We have also analysed existing employment in the Precinct and a review of future employment demands and requirements, together with preliminary specialist studies, which you can see here:


The outcomes of this stage will inform Stage Two, a Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan that will identify areas within the Precinct suitable for redevelopment and guide future development and infrastructure delivery over the next 20 years. A Special Infrastructure Contribution will be developed to fund new infrastructure.


We are releasing the Interim Statement to keep the community informed and updated about our process.  We are not seeking formal submissions from the community at this stage because there will be an opportunity for the community to comment on a complete strategy, with draft plans and supporting technical documents in early 2018.  However, if you do have a preliminary comment, we are always happy to hear from local residents and business owners and you can find out how you can get involved here