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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. 



How we're planning for St Leonards and Crows Nest


Infographic: 1 Strategic Planning - Draft vision, objectives and guiding planning principles developed in conjuction with North Sydney, Willoughby and Lane Cove CouncilsInfographic: 2 Project Establishment - DEP, Councils state agencies work in collaboration to carry out additional planning studies
Infographic: 3 Precinct Planning - DPE evaluates reports and prepares exhibition material for the precinctInfographic: 4 Exhibition - The precinct plan is exhibited and the community is encouraged to have its say on the plan
Infographic: 5 Finalisation - The final report is prepared and a recommendation is made to the Minister for Planning based on community feedbackInfographic: 6 Determination - Rezoning determination is made by the Minister


A draft vision, objectives and guiding planning principles was developed in conjunction with the councils:


Read the interim statement here

The Department has reviewed 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 released the Interim Statement to keep the community informed and updated about our process.  We did not seek 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.