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The Department is reviewing the submissions received during exhibition of the draft planning package from October 2018 to February 2019. Updates to the draft planning package will be made and a final planning package will be released, following a careful review of feedback received during exhibition. 

The Draft 2036 Plan recommends the following infrastructure to support the growing community in the St Leonards and Crows Nest area to be funded by the draft Special Infrastructure Contribution:

  • a site for a new school is under investigation is and proposed to be partly funded by the SIC; 
  • upgraded cycle lanes;
  • pedestrian crossing improvements; and
  • new open space.

The Draft Green Plan has been prepared to guide the planning and design of open space and tree canopy across the study area. The Draft Green Plan proposed to:

  • expand Hume Street Park to create a true ‘village green’ in the heart of the area using funding from the Special Infrastructure Contribution;
  • expand an existing pocket park along Lithgow Street with funding from the Special Infrastructure Contribution; 
  • introduce setbacks on  Oxley, Mitchell and Chandos Streets to provide space for more canopy trees;
  • require setbacks for avenue tree planting in front of new buildings along Pacific Highway;
  • retain and enhance street trees on Willoughby Road; and 
  • establish new green links south towards Berry Island and Greenwich Point Reserve and north towards Tunks Park.
The NSW Department of Education has indicated that growth in the area to 2036 will require planning for the equivalent of one to two new primary schools and one high school. This is likely to result in the form of one new Kindergarten to Year 12 school. A site for these new schools is currently being investigated.
  • Community feedback emphasised the significance the local community places on heritage in the area. 
  • No changes were proposed to Heritage Conservation Areas and the status of individual heritage items in the draft planning package.
  • Built form recommendations in the Draft 2036 Plan also provided guidance for development near or adjoining heritage items and conservation areas based on the supporting heritage technical study.
When the draft 2036 Plan is finalised, areas identified for change will be implemented by each council through amendments to their Local Environmental Plans.

A new Sydney Metro Station will be delivered at Crows Nest and be operational from 2024. Trains will reach Martin Place in 7 minutes and Central Station in 11 minutes.

The rezoning proposal applies to a site comprising three blocks, fronting the Pacific Highway and Clarke Street at Crows Nest. A map illustrating the three blocks can be seen below:

map showing land owned by sydney metro authority proposed to be rezoned for crows nest metro site
The site is in NSW Government ownership and is the location of the new Sydney Metro Station at Crows Nest.

The exhibited rezoning proposed increasing building heights to a maximum of 27 storeys (RL 183). The Department received a range of feedback on proposed heights during exhibition which it is currently considering. 

  • Lane Cove Council exhibited a planning proposal for the St Leonards South masterplan area between October 2017 and January 2018. The planning proposal is for a change to the existing zoning to allow for higher density residential development of between four and 19 storeys. 
  • If rezoned as exhibited, the proposal could provide capacity for up to 2,400 new homes.
  • The Draft 2036 Plan recommends referral of the proposal to an independent panel for review to ensure consistency with conditions of the Gateway Determination and the draft 2036 Plan.
  • The Minister for Planning asked the Independent Planning Commission NSW (IPC) to provide advice regarding the consistency of the St Leonards South Residential Precinct Planning Proposal with the Draft 2036 Plan.
  • As part of this process, the IPC will hold a public meeting to listen to the community’s views. The public meeting will be an opportunity for individuals and groups to present their views on both the planning proposal and specific aspects of the Draft 2036 Plan. 
  • The public meeting will be held at 9am on Monday 20 May 2019 at the Crows Nest Centre, Johnson Hall, Level 2, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest, NSW 2065. The meeting will be open to the public, however, if you would like to apply to speak at the meeting, you must register with the IPC before 5pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019. The IPC will then notify you whether your request to speak has been accepted. 
  • If the IPC receives a large number of applications to speak at the meeting, it may need to hold an additional session on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 9am.
  • Written submissions can also be provided to the IPC up to one week after the meeting. The IPC has advised that written submissions will be weighed the same as spoken presentations.
  • For more information about the public meeting, details on how to register to speak, the Minister’s request for advice to the IPC and documents forwarded to the IPC for consideration, please visit the Commission’s website. 
  • The Department is currently reviewing all submissions received during exhibition.
  • The Department will prepare a consultation update.
  • The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will consider and provide advice on St Leonards South Residential Precinct Planning Proposal. The IPC has been requested to hold a public meeting as part of its consultation to inform its advice.  
  • Review the draft planning package with consideration of feedback received during exhibition and submit a revised package to the Minister for Planning for determination.
  • If approved, the Department will release the final package on the Department’s website.
  • It will be the responsibility of Councils to implement the recommendations of the final Plan as part of each Council’s new Local Environmental Plan.
  • The rezoning proposal for the Crows Nest Sydney Metro site will also be reviewed and a recommendation made to the NSW Government.