Strategic Land Use

Council has a number of documents which provide a framework for strategic land use planning in the city.

strategy icon Community Strategic Plan - Our Future Willoughby 2028

What is Council’s Community Strategy Plan, Our Future Willoughby 2028?

Our Future Willoughby 2028 is the community’s long-term vision and priorities for the future of the City.

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strategy icon Willoughby Draft Planning Strategy

Our Future Willoughby - Have Your Say

Sydney is growing and Willoughby is growing. Willoughby Council needs to plan for this growth through strategic planning. This planning will be guided by the community as well as by State strategic priorities and objectives.

There are four streams of strategic planning underway, which will culminate in the Willoughby Planning Strategy. Each stream has a different focus in order to provide a complete plan for Willoughby’s future.

The four streams are discussed in the following documents:

Have Your Say

Council recently provided a range of accessible means for the community to have a say on these key planning strategy documents between 4 February and 17 March 2017. The stakeholder engagement process included the opportunity to participate in surveys or attend one of sixteen local Drop-In sessions or Roundtable consultation activities to view the plans or talk about the proposals in more detail.

All feedback has now been reviewed and an Independent Submissions Report was released in June:

Council considered two reports regarding the draft Willoughby Planning Strategy at its meeting dated 26 June 2017. You can access the reports and resolution here.

Council is now finalising the Chatswood CBD Planning Strategy, and is continuing to work on draft strategies for Housing, Local Centres and Industrial Lands for further community and stakeholder comment in due course. 

Please keep your eye on the Council Website for further information as it emerges in coming months.

Help Us Shape Your Local Centre

From November 2017 until January 2018, Council placed on exhibition, information regarding the following local centres:

  • Artarmon Concept Study
  • Castlecrag Concept Study 
  • East Village Concept Study
  • High Street Concept Study
  • Naremburn Concept Study
  • Northbridge Concept Study
  • Penshurst Street Concept Study

Documentation on the recent exhibition for the local centres can be viewed on Have Your Say Willoughby website.

A report (March 2018) which summarises the submissions received for this consultation is now available:

The feedback contained in this report will inform the next stage of the consultants’ work to finalise the Urban Design and Yield Analysis Study of Willoughby’s Local Centres.

A draft Local Centres Strategy will be exhibited for further community comment later this year.

Planning Documents

Chatswood CBD - Council's Planning And Urban Design Strategy

The Chatswood CBD Strategy (see above), outlines changes relating to planning controls and the design of buildings and the public domain which will position Chatswood to capitalise on growth and the arrival of the Sydney Metro Rail.

It promotes new office employment in the core of Chatswood, in preference to residential towers, and seeks to enhance the centre's amenity and design to strengthen its diverse and vibrant character.

Housing in Willoughby - Position Statement

The population of Willoughby is expected to increase by 18 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 89,000 people. Household size is expected to fall with an increasing number of singles and over 70s. To cater for these changes, a new supply of different housing types will be required in Willoughby. We need to plan for these changes and consider the best locations for new housing.

Council has prepared a Position Statement on Housing in Willoughby to provide background information and some principles for addressing this future growth.

Local Centres in Willoughby - Position Statement

Our local centres are important to our community life. They give us a strong sense of place and local character, and service our local needs. As our population grows and changes, our local centres need to respond by providing improved local shops and services, increased public transport, and enhanced amenity in our streets and public areas.

Through a Position Statement, which examines our various local centres, we propose a suite of principles to guide future growth and change in these locations.

Industrial Lands in Willoughby - Position Statement

Willoughby's industrial lands play an important role in providing and sustain diverse of employment opportunities. They are regularly the subject of proposals for other uses such as retailing and residential.

Council proposed that these changes should be resisted and industrial lands protected to provide local employment and services.

A Position Statement outlining the current situation in relation to Willoughby's Industrial lands, together with suggested principles for the future, was recently on exhibition. Submissions are currently under consideration.

strategy icon St Leonards Strategy

The Department of Planning and Environment are currently investigating the potential for jobs and housing growth in a broad precinct referred to as the St Leonards Crows Nest Station Precinct.

It is one of a number of precincts receiving specific attention across Sydney in response to new transport infrastructure.

For this Precinct growth will be in response to the new planned Metro Rail Station in Clarkes Lane, Crows Nest.

A process has been established by the Department of Planning and Environment to involve the three Councils straddling the Precinct (Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove) and other State agencies such as NSW Health and Transport for NSW in the planning work.

An Interim Statement has been issued by the Department of Planning and Environment and can be viewed on their website:

strategy icon NSROC Planning

The NSROC group of Councils have produced a Sub-Regional Strategic Plan to guide each member council's planning to achieve the strategies of the group across the region.

 NSROC Sub-Regional Planning Strategy - 2006-2031

strategy icon Chatswood CBD Competitive and Comparative Analysis (AEC Group)

strategy icon Willoughby Economic Development Study (SGS Economics and Planning)