The Department of Planning & 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 Sydney Metro Project is Australia’s largest public transport project and a new metro station is proposed at Crows Nest. The investigation area incorporates areas that are within walking distance of the existing St Leonards station and the proposed Crows Nest station as well as the industrial and employment areas in Artarmon.
St Leonards is identified as a Strategic Centre in A Plan for Growing Sydney and the investigation will respond to the actions identified in this Plan, including ways to maintain employment in the area, provide new homes, shops, cafes and open space and maximise the great access to public transport.
As part of this investigation, infrastructure needed to support the area into the future will be identified, including improvements to transport, the road network, open space and social infrastructure including community and education facilities. A Special Infrastructure Contribution will be considered as a potential option to fund new infrastructure.
The investigation will be undertaken in a number of stages. The first stage involves an analysis of existing employment in the Precinct and understanding future employment demands and requirements. The outcomes of this study will inform the Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy.
The second stage will be to prepare a Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy that will identify areas within the Precinct suitable for redevelopment and provide a strategic planning framework to guide future development and infrastructure delivery over the next 20 years. The Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy is a high-level strategy and will not rezone the land.