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The Crows Nest Over Station Development is identified as State Significant Development (SSD).


State Significant Development assessment process:

  • The applicant, Sydney Metro, lodges an application and supporting documentation to the Department of Planning and Environment.
  • The Department prepares the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), which outlines issues the applicant needs to address.
  • The applicant prepares and lodges an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the SEARs.
  • The Department publicly exhibits the EIS and consults with the community, local councils, government agencies and other key stakeholders.
  • The Department publishes submissions and asks the applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • The applicant prepares a formal Response to Submissions (RtS) report, which the Department makes publicly available.
  • The Department assesses the proposal, including consideration of the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS, and makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for determination.
  • The Department then notifies the applicant, relevant government agencies and councils on the outcome.


The site is also subject to a separate rezoning proposal prepared by the Department to amend the existing planning controls in the North Sydney Local Environmental Plan for building height, floor space ratio and minimum non-residential floor space ratio that apply to the Metro sites. To find out more please visit the St Leonards and Crows Nest Rezoning webpage.


Crows Nest Metro Site Rezoning Process:

  • The Department of Planning and Environment prepare a rezoning proposal, including supporting technical documentation.
  • The rezoning proposal is placed on exhibition for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • The Department reviews and analyses all submissions received and submissions are made publicly available on the website.
  • The rezoning proposal may be amended to respond to issues raised by submissions. Depending on the significance of the changes the rezoning proposal may then need to be re-exhibited.
  • The Department prepares a response to submissions document, known as a Finalisation Report, to address the issues raised in submissions.
  • A final recommendation, taking into account all submissions received, will be made to the Minister for Planning for determination.
  • Any amendments to the North Sydney Local Environmental Plan are made through an amending State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and the relevant stakeholders (community, land owners, council and other government agencies) are notified. 

Page last updated: 18/11/2019