Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1

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Submissions close 22 June 2020 (extended)

Council resolved at its meeting held of 23 March 2020 (held 6 April 2020) to place the draft Future Directions report on public exhibition. This is the third and final document of the draft Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1. View a copy of the report here.


Interactive Summary Map - draft Future Directions Report (refer to the Draft Future Direction report for full details)

Watch the presentation - provides an overview of the report, public benefits and keys sites (refer to the Draft Future Direction Report for full details)


Guiding change

The draft Future Directions Report (available in the document library) is an ongoing planning strategy to review existing planning controls along Military Road, to meet the current needs of the community and explore ways to guide and change future development and job growth in the area.

Stage 1 of the planning study focuses on Neutral Bay town centre. The boundary for this stage of the study is highlighted on the map with stage 2 located on either side of the town centre.


A growing town centre with a village feel

Neutral Bay town centre is a vibrant local centre with a valued village atmosphere. The centre is well connected to both Sydney and North Sydney CBDs, as well as the Northern Beaches, and has become a popular area for people to live, work and visit.

However, increasing pressures on public domain and community facilities could threaten to affect the vibrancy and diversity of the area. There is an increasing need for space for future jobs growth as well as new community facilities and open space areas.

This report aims to guide increasing development pressure in the area and ensure that future development meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Community benefits

A 2018 engagement survey identified the need for a range of new and improved community facilities within Neutral Bay.

Four key sites have been identified to potentially deliver on this demand. This would be achieved through in-kind contributions, where Council negotiates with landowners to deliver community benefits when assessing planning proposals. This is particularly valuable when evaluating planning proposals in the vicinity of existing community facilities.

These in-kind contributions not only provide funding and construction for new public facilities but also deliver community facilities in an area that is limited by space.

Next Steps

At the end of the exhibition period a report will be prepared for Council’s consideration accounting for submissions made and any resulting amendments to the Planning Study.

HAVE YOUR SAY - Submissions close 8 June 2020

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information, contact Tomas van der Meer of Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100 or use the question and answer (Q&A) tab below.

Submissions close 22 June 2020 (extended)

Council resolved at its meeting held of 23 March 2020 (held 6 April 2020) to place the draft Future Directions report on public exhibition. This is the third and final document of the draft Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1. View a copy of the report here.


Interactive Summary Map - draft Future Directions Report (refer to the Draft Future Direction report for full details)

Watch the presentation - provides an overview of the report, public benefits and keys sites (refer to the Draft Future Direction Report for full details)


Guiding change

The draft Future Directions Report (available in the document library) is an ongoing planning strategy to review existing planning controls along Military Road, to meet the current needs of the community and explore ways to guide and change future development and job growth in the area.

Stage 1 of the planning study focuses on Neutral Bay town centre. The boundary for this stage of the study is highlighted on the map with stage 2 located on either side of the town centre.


A growing town centre with a village feel

Neutral Bay town centre is a vibrant local centre with a valued village atmosphere. The centre is well connected to both Sydney and North Sydney CBDs, as well as the Northern Beaches, and has become a popular area for people to live, work and visit.

However, increasing pressures on public domain and community facilities could threaten to affect the vibrancy and diversity of the area. There is an increasing need for space for future jobs growth as well as new community facilities and open space areas.

This report aims to guide increasing development pressure in the area and ensure that future development meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Community benefits

A 2018 engagement survey identified the need for a range of new and improved community facilities within Neutral Bay.

Four key sites have been identified to potentially deliver on this demand. This would be achieved through in-kind contributions, where Council negotiates with landowners to deliver community benefits when assessing planning proposals. This is particularly valuable when evaluating planning proposals in the vicinity of existing community facilities.

These in-kind contributions not only provide funding and construction for new public facilities but also deliver community facilities in an area that is limited by space.

Next Steps

At the end of the exhibition period a report will be prepared for Council’s consideration accounting for submissions made and any resulting amendments to the Planning Study.

HAVE YOUR SAY - Submissions close 8 June 2020

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information, contact Tomas van der Meer of Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100 or use the question and answer (Q&A) tab below.

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    Does the Neutral Bay Town Centre Future Directions Report rezone land?

    6 days ago

    No. The Future Directions Report is the long-term strategic plan for Neutral Bay. It identifies a vision for the centre and presents a future built form outcome for the community. It does not rezone land.

    Over time, planning proposals may be lodged by landowners to amend the planning controls that apply to their site. Council will review those proposals to ensure they are in line with the Future Directions Report. Pending state government support, these planning proposals are then exhibited for public comment. If the proposal is considered to have merit, the planning controls are amended to allow for increased density and possibly a change of use of that land. This process is often referred to as “rezoning land”.

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    What happens if Council doesn’t adopt a Planning Study?

    6 days ago

    Doing nothing is not an option. Under current legislation, developers are able to bypass Council with their development aspirations directly to the NSW Government.  Having a firm vision and planning framework places Council in a much stronger position to reject inappropriate development proposals and negotiate the best outcome for the community.

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    What is the purpose of the Planning Study?

    6 days ago

    The purpose of the planning study is to develop a long-term framework for guiding future development and improvements within the centre. 

    The immediate challenges are that employment capacity is being eroded under the current planning controls at the same time that jobs demand is increasing, active development interests are being pursued which require management and much needed public domain and community facility improvements need to be explored to improve the amenity of the centre. 

    The planning study examines how future development can implement some of those identified community needs.

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    How has the community provided input into the Planning Study?

    6 days ago

    The community has provided input into the planning study in three stages. The first stage, from 26 July to 22 August 2018, included a community survey on what people value about the centre and initial views on its future form and role. The second stage, from 8 August to 9 September 2020, sought feedback on two discussion papers. And now, the third and final stage, is public exhibition of this Draft Future Directions paper.

    Feedback on the first two stages were reported to Council on 24 September 2018 and 28 October 2019. Council’s draft plan attempts to take as much of the feedback received on board, noting the wide diversity of opinions and the need to formulate a plan that is in line with state government directions, is realisable and achieves better outcomes for the wider community. 

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    When is the next stage of the Military Road Corridor Planning Study going to start?

    6 days ago

    Stage 2 covers Cremorne and Military Road Island/Big Bear area. It is anticipated to start once Stage 1 is finalised, pending Council resources.

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    The project boundary includes residential zones. Will there be changes to all land within the boundary?

    7 days ago

    No. The draft Future Directions Report proposes changes to land zoned B4 Mixed Use, Barry Street car park and 27-37 Bydown Street (zoned R3 Medium Density Residential). No other residential areas are considered for planning control changes.