Planning for a More Liveable Sydney

The City's draft City Plan, a set of comprehensive planning controls for the City of Sydney, is now on exhibition. The draft Plan consolidates and standardises multiple changes to the controls following boundary changes and amalgamations as well as changes to State Government templates and legislation.

The City Plan is made up of a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and a Development Control Plan (DCP). The LEP is a statutory Planning Instrument which outlines key land use and built form standards including zoning, height, floor space ratio (FSR), heritage and on-site parking provisions. The DCP is a more flexible policy document that accompanies the LEP and includes detailed controls for urban form, amenity, the public domain, environment and sustainability.

The draft City Plan now on exhibition is the culmination of several years of research, urban planning studies, reviews and public consultation. It is guided by the City and State Government's major strategic directions including Sustainable Sydney 2030 and the Metropolitan Subregional Strategy.

The draft Plan encourages high quality sustainable development, essential for the vitality, liveability and culture of our city. It balances the need for new development to meet the NSW Government's targets for new homes and jobs with the City's own goal to be green, global and connected city by 2030.

It will encourage sustainable and responsible development in key growth areas such as Green Square while protecting the character of Sydney's important heritage areas and villages like Glebe, Millers Point and Paddington.

Following representations from landowners, the Department of Planning directed the City to make changes to our preferred Floor Space Ratio (FSR) and building heights for specific sites in Glebe, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Erskineville, Waterloo and Redfern.

One of the key concerns the City has is a significant increase in FSR and building heights at 57 Ashmore Street and 165-175 Mitchell Road, Erskineville. The Department's revisions propose increased density and building heights up to 19 storeys or 60 metres - our maximum was up 9 storeys or 35 metres.

Given the scale of the changes, City staff will undertake a detailed analysis including reviews of the impacts on overshadowing, traffic, amenity, neighbourhood character, stormwater management and regional views.

The public exhibition period includes information sessions in the Lower Town Hall from 21 to 25 February, where you can talk with expert City staff, ask questions and give your feedback. The draft City Plan is on exhibition until Monday 4 April.

The City of Sydney takes its planning responsibilities seriously. City staff, Councillors and Central Sydney Planning Committee members have worked hard to streamline our development assessment processes, review all aspects of our strategic planning, and comply with State government legislation, regulation and circulars.

Our Development Application (DA) processing times continue to be better than the State average. This is a huge achievement, as the City processes more DAs and Complying Development Certificates than any other Council in NSW.

Our input into State Government planning for the renewal of key sites at Chippendale, Green Square, Barangaroo and North Eveleigh resulted in better public consultation, more informed debate and developer commitments to design excellence and sustainability.

The City will continue to ensure that our community benefits from the renewal of our city - not just developers.

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