Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1

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Consultation has concluded

Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Post exhibition report deferred

Earlier this year the draft Future Direction Report was publicly exhibited as part of the development of the Military Road Corridor Planning Study.

What the 435 submissions told us:

  • the most frequent issues raised were concerns relating to building height, public parking and other traffic issues - with most specifically related to the Grosvenor Lane car park request better access and more support of local shops without being compromised by the Grosvenor Lane supermarket.
  • a smaller number of submissions supported modest height increases in acknowledgement of the potential associated public benefits, however, believe that the proposed building height of 12 storeys is inappropriate for the area.
  • some submissions expressed concerns that the changes will impact on the character of the area.
  • there was support for the proposed public domain and community facility improvements, with several in support of additional height.

Consideration of the post exhibition report has been deferred by Council until February 2021. The post exhibition report recommends that this Study be adopted to provide a framework and guidance for ongoing discussion with local landowners about the future development of the Centre. The Study proposes to retain height increases on sites 1, 2 and 3 as previously exhibited (8 and 12 storeys) to strike a balance between the careful management of height to preserve character and enhance amenity whilst delivering on much needed public benefits for the centre. Sites 1 and 2 would benefit from the preparation of a collaborative masterplan, but the Study does not mandate this.

This balanced development uplift has the potential to deliver:

public domain improvements including significant new public plazas

  • relocation Grosvenor Lane car park to be less visually dominant
  • regional secured commuter bicycle parking (28 spaces)
  • new community centre with accessible toilet and family room (~1,000m2)
  • new creative makers art alley (~600m2)
  • increased employment floorspace

The Grosvenor Plaza is planned to remain in Council’s ownership. Any approach to utilise all or part of this land by private interests, will be required to undergo a public expression of interest process.

More information is available in the Council Report

BACKGROUND

Submissions close 31 July 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.

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.

Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Post exhibition report deferred

Earlier this year the draft Future Direction Report was publicly exhibited as part of the development of the Military Road Corridor Planning Study.

What the 435 submissions told us:

  • the most frequent issues raised were concerns relating to building height, public parking and other traffic issues - with most specifically related to the Grosvenor Lane car park request better access and more support of local shops without being compromised by the Grosvenor Lane supermarket.
  • a smaller number of submissions supported modest height increases in acknowledgement of the potential associated public benefits, however, believe that the proposed building height of 12 storeys is inappropriate for the area.
  • some submissions expressed concerns that the changes will impact on the character of the area.
  • there was support for the proposed public domain and community facility improvements, with several in support of additional height.

Consideration of the post exhibition report has been deferred by Council until February 2021. The post exhibition report recommends that this Study be adopted to provide a framework and guidance for ongoing discussion with local landowners about the future development of the Centre. The Study proposes to retain height increases on sites 1, 2 and 3 as previously exhibited (8 and 12 storeys) to strike a balance between the careful management of height to preserve character and enhance amenity whilst delivering on much needed public benefits for the centre. Sites 1 and 2 would benefit from the preparation of a collaborative masterplan, but the Study does not mandate this.

This balanced development uplift has the potential to deliver:

public domain improvements including significant new public plazas

  • relocation Grosvenor Lane car park to be less visually dominant
  • regional secured commuter bicycle parking (28 spaces)
  • new community centre with accessible toilet and family room (~1,000m2)
  • new creative makers art alley (~600m2)
  • increased employment floorspace

The Grosvenor Plaza is planned to remain in Council’s ownership. Any approach to utilise all or part of this land by private interests, will be required to undergo a public expression of interest process.

More information is available in the Council Report

BACKGROUND

Submissions close 31 July 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.

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.

Consultation has concluded
  • Exhibition of Objectives & Ideas Paper and Analysis Paper - completed September 2019

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    10 Oct 2019

    Two discussion papers that form part of a broader planning study were exhibited from 8 August - 9 September 2019:

    • Objectives & Ideas Paper - discusses what could happen in the centre based on various growth options.
    • Analysis Paper - presents the policy context, background research and an impact assessment ofthe growth options

    Feedback was sought via the following:

    • Survey - online or hard copy.
    • Drop in sessions were held on 17 August (Northside Produce Market) and 24 August (Neutral Bay Town Centre)
  • Prelimary Community Consultation - completed August 2018

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    01 Aug 2019

    The first round of community engagement was completed in August 2018. The outcomes of this engagement process gave Council a better understanding of the local values, opportunities, constraints and aspirations for Neutral Bay and Cremorne. It has also helped inform the desired future character and outcomes for the locality. To find out more refer to Engagement Outcomes Summary in the Document Library.

    Feedback was sought via the following:

    • Survey - online or hard copy. Participants had a chance to win one of the five $50 shopping vouchers or one of five eco bags (Terms and Conditions in Document Library)
    • Favourite place - an online map (see map tab) allowed participants to highlight their favourite spot in the Neutral Bay Town Centre
    • Drop in sessions were held on 9, 10 and 11 August 2018 in the Neutral Bay Town Centre.