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St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036

With a new Sydney Metro station opening at Crows Nest in 2024 there are exciting opportunities to rejuvenate the St Leonards and Crows Nest area with new jobs, open space, infrastructure and homes, while ensuring the local character of the area is maintained and enhanced.


During consultation in early 2018 we heard that the community values the area’s village character, particularly the Willoughby Road shops, Heritage Conservation Areas, health facilities and leafy streets, and want to ensure these are emphasised in planning for the future.


The Department has released a draft planning package for St Leonards and Crows Nest for community feedback. This package provides the framework to guide future development in the area. You are encouraged to have your say on the draft planning package to ensure the framework for future development reflects what is important to you.


The following documents are now on exhibition:

  • Draft Local Character Statement
  • Draft 2036 Plan
  • Draft Green Plan
  • Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution
  • Draft proposed rezoning for the Crows Nest Metro station site


The NSW Government has received a number of requests to extend the consultation period for the St Leonards Crows Nest draft planning package. It's important the community and each council has sufficient time to review the material and to prepare their submission. With the importance of the proposals in the draft Plan, and making sure the holiday period doesn't impact on the ability to review the draft Plan, an extension for submissions to be made until 8 February 2019 is appropriate.


The draft planning package also includes a rezoning proposal to facilitate an Over Station Development at Crows Nest Sydney Metro Station. This will enable the Crows Nest Metro station underground and the buildings above it to be built at the same time. The exhibition period for the Crows Nest Metro Station rezoning proposal will close on 6 January 2019.


You are invited to review and provide feedback on the documents, click here to find out how to make a submission.


The Environmental Impact Statement for the concept state significant development application for the Crows Nest Over Station Development is also on public exhibition until 6 January 2019. The Department encourages feedback from the community, government agencies and other stakeholders during public exhibition. For more information, please visit our Crows Nest Over Station Development webpage.


About the planning process

The image below shows the strategic planning process for the St Leonards and Crows Nest area. We are seeking feedback on the draft planning package and will consider all submissions before finalisation.


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Consultation diagram for St Leonards and Crows Nest showing that we are at the Consultation stage in the process.