Civic Precinct and Surrounds Planning Study (formerly Northern CBD Planning Study)

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Consultation has concluded

Submissions closed 20 July 2020

On 18 May 2020, Council resolved to exhibit the draft Civic Precinct Planning Study for public comment. The study is on exhibition from Thursday 4 June to Monday 20 July 2020.

Refer to the full report, summary brochure and background information in the document libraries on this page. An interactive summary is available below.

The Civic Precinct stretches from the north of the CBD through to Falcon St, Crows Nest and incorporates popular community facilities including Stanton Library, St Leonards Park, the North Sydney Community Centre and local schools.

With the northern portal to the Metro scheduled to open in the next few years on the corner of Miller and McLaren Streets, Council is expecting future population growth and development pressure in the area. The planning framework identified for the Precinct will strengthen Council’s position in managing future development in the area.

The draft planning study:

  1. Outlines a vision and an urban structure for the Civic Precinct.
  2. Establishes the desired character and feel for the precinct that is supported by a series of urban design principles to guide future growth.
  3. Outlines a series of actions to achieve the vision for the precinct.
  4. Identifies opportunities to deliver additional public domain, improve transport networks and provide jobs and housing in appropriate locations.

Interactive Summary - draft Civic Precinct and Surrounds Planning Study (refer to the document library for full details).

Watch the narrated presentation - provides an overview of the draft planning study


The draft study envisions the Precinct as a modern, connected area, primarily low-scale in character with a network of pedestrian links and open spaces. Two transitioning areas of mixed-use development are planned for near the North Sydney CBD and Crows Nest, allowing for more job and housing opportunities.


The area will continue to be characterised by older educational institutions, heritage-listed Victorian terraced houses, the greenery of St Leonards Park and a cluster of civic buildings and public open space at the precinct’s centre.


The village feel of the Civic Precinct will be preserved and enhanced to strengthen its anchor role within North Sydney’s green link that connects parks and reserves from Port Jackson to Middle Harbour and provides a lower density green break between the two high-density areas of North Sydney CBD and St Leonards.



This distinct Civic and Education campus will be complemented by vibrant mixed-used zones at the NW and SE of the precinct that will act as transition zones towards the CBD and Crows Nest.



The study is part of a broader effort to align local planning controls with the North District Plan (Greater Sydney Commission, 2018) and the North Sydney Local Strategic Planning Statement (North Sydney Council, 2020).


Council is seeking community feedback regarding the North Sydney Civic Precinct Planning Study and Council’s future vision for the area. The planning study and supporting background reports are available in the document library.


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 draft planning study.


For further information contact Pedro Garcia, Senior Strategic Planner on (02) 9936 8100


Submissions closed 20 July 2020

On 18 May 2020, Council resolved to exhibit the draft Civic Precinct Planning Study for public comment. The study is on exhibition from Thursday 4 June to Monday 20 July 2020.

Refer to the full report, summary brochure and background information in the document libraries on this page. An interactive summary is available below.

The Civic Precinct stretches from the north of the CBD through to Falcon St, Crows Nest and incorporates popular community facilities including Stanton Library, St Leonards Park, the North Sydney Community Centre and local schools.

With the northern portal to the Metro scheduled to open in the next few years on the corner of Miller and McLaren Streets, Council is expecting future population growth and development pressure in the area. The planning framework identified for the Precinct will strengthen Council’s position in managing future development in the area.

The draft planning study:

  1. Outlines a vision and an urban structure for the Civic Precinct.
  2. Establishes the desired character and feel for the precinct that is supported by a series of urban design principles to guide future growth.
  3. Outlines a series of actions to achieve the vision for the precinct.
  4. Identifies opportunities to deliver additional public domain, improve transport networks and provide jobs and housing in appropriate locations.

Interactive Summary - draft Civic Precinct and Surrounds Planning Study (refer to the document library for full details).

Watch the narrated presentation - provides an overview of the draft planning study


The draft study envisions the Precinct as a modern, connected area, primarily low-scale in character with a network of pedestrian links and open spaces. Two transitioning areas of mixed-use development are planned for near the North Sydney CBD and Crows Nest, allowing for more job and housing opportunities.


The area will continue to be characterised by older educational institutions, heritage-listed Victorian terraced houses, the greenery of St Leonards Park and a cluster of civic buildings and public open space at the precinct’s centre.


The village feel of the Civic Precinct will be preserved and enhanced to strengthen its anchor role within North Sydney’s green link that connects parks and reserves from Port Jackson to Middle Harbour and provides a lower density green break between the two high-density areas of North Sydney CBD and St Leonards.



This distinct Civic and Education campus will be complemented by vibrant mixed-used zones at the NW and SE of the precinct that will act as transition zones towards the CBD and Crows Nest.



The study is part of a broader effort to align local planning controls with the North District Plan (Greater Sydney Commission, 2018) and the North Sydney Local Strategic Planning Statement (North Sydney Council, 2020).


Council is seeking community feedback regarding the North Sydney Civic Precinct Planning Study and Council’s future vision for the area. The planning study and supporting background reports are available in the document library.


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 draft planning study.


For further information contact Pedro Garcia, Senior Strategic Planner on (02) 9936 8100


Consultation has concluded
  • Community Workshops: November 2019

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    03 Jun 2020

    Two community workshops built on the initial feedback and informed the direction of the Study.

    The purpose of the workshops was to get early input to confirm/identify:

    • themes derived from the initial consultation
    • the proposed planning principles for the study
    • the type of public benefit that might result
    • the delineation the local places in the precinct and their characteristics
  • Initial Consultation: July/August 2019

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    03 Jun 2020

    Initial consultation occurred from 11 July to 8 August 2019. In response to the feedback received, the Northern CBD Planning Study was renamed to be Civic Precinct & Surrounds Planning Study.

    Preliminary Community Principles that have been developed as a result of what you told us as part of the initial consultation:

    • Heritage is conserved
    • The Civic feel and “village character” of the precinct is respected
    • Parks and public spaces are protected
    • Access, safety and amenity of streets is improved
    • The scale, design and impact of new development is carefully managed
    • More opportunities for social interaction and activity are created

    For further detail on stage 1 consultation outcomes read the Council report in the document library. Visit Northern CBD Planning Study for further background on the early stages of this study.