Council has a number of documents which provide a framework for strategic land use planning in the city.
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.
In March 2018, amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act) introduced a new requirement for local councils to prepare and make a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The LSPS sets out the 20 year vision for land use in the local area. The LSPS responds to land use questions for the Local Government Area and gives effect to A Metropolis of Three Cities and the North District Plan produced by the Greater Sydney Commission. The LSPS also informs amendments to Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Willoughby Development Control Plan
In the context of the Willoughby LGA, the LSPS also provides information on the following:
- The existing and future character of Willoughby.
- Future housing, jobs and services.
- Future infrastructure requirements such as community facilities and transport initiatives.
- Protection of the environment and heritage values, areas and items.
A draft LSPS was publically exhibited from15 August 2019 to 27 September 2019. Following exhibition, a draft final LSPS was reported to and adopted by Council on 10 February 2020. Assurance of the adopted LSPS is required from the Greater Sydney Commission and a letter of support(PDF, 456KB) was received by Council on 20 March 2020.
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:
Chatswood CBD - Council's Planning And Urban Design Strategy
The Chatswood CBD Strategy 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/retail employment in the core of Chatswood, with surrounding mixed use development around the core and within the CBD boundary. The Strategy also seeks to enhance the centre's amenity and design to strengthen its diverse and vibrant character.
Draft Housing Strategy
- The Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan sets Willoughby’s 5 year housing target to 2021 at 1,250 dwellings.
- Population forecasts indicate we will need between 6,000 – 6,700 additional dwellings by 2036.
- One focus is to ensure our existing medium and high density residential zones achieve their potential.
- Another focus is increasing housing in a new mixed zone in Chatswood CBD.
- A third focus is examining the potential for housing and employment in local centres.
Draft Housing Strategy(PDF, 9MB)
Local Centres Strategy
- The health and vitality of Willoughy’s local centres are critical for the local economy and the health and amenity of residents.
- The Local Centres was adopted by Council on 9 December 2019. It provides the future planning control framework for seven local centres across Willoughby.
- Principles adopted for this work aim to:
- reinforce the importance of local centres as meeting places and for shopping and socialising
- enhance local character and public amenity to promote healthy communities
- stimulate economic investment for housing and jobs growth
Local Centres Strategy(PDF, 13MB)
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.
Have Your Say
Consultation to have a say on the draft Housing and Local centres strategy documents has occurred in three phases and over a 2 year period. This third phase of consultation was held between 5 February and 16 April 2019 and included opportunities to participate in surveys or attend local Drop-In sessions or Roundtable consultation activities to view the plans or talk about the proposals in more detail.
All submissions has now been reviewed and an Independent report on feedback was released in August 2019. Previous reports are located further below.
The report was prepared by engage2 and was submitted for Council to note at the Meeting of 12 August 2019.
It is the intention to prepare final Housing and Local Centres Strategies (informed by the feedback received) to be considered by Council in December 2019.
Please keep your eye on the Council Website for further information as it emerges in coming months.
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:
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.
Chatswood CBD Competitive and Comparative Analysis (AEC Group)
Willoughby Economic Development Study (SGS Economics and Planning)