Planning Proposal 6/20 - 45 McLaren Street, North Sydney, draft Voluntary Planning Agreement and draft Amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan 2013

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Submissions close 5pm, 16 January 2023

At its meeting on 28 March 2022, Council resolved to forward a Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) which seeks to amend the planning controls under North Sydney Local Environmental Plan (NSLEP) 2013 as they relate to land at 45 McLaren Street, North Sydney. The proposed amendments include:

  • changing the zoning from R4 High Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use (or MU1 Mixed Use, if the Employment Zone Reforms are implemented prior to the finalisation of this proposed amendment);
  • increasing the maximum building height from 12m to part RL 103 (approx. and Part RL 115 (equivalent to 16 storeys);
  • increase the maximum height of building limit from 12m to part RL 103 (approximately 36-43m) and Part RL 115 (approximately 47-51m max);
  • impose a maximum floor space ratio of 6.25:1;
  • impose a non-residential floor space ratio of 1:1
  • amend Clause 4.4A - Non-Residential Floor Space Ratios to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street; and
  • amend Clause 6.12A - Residential flat buildings in Zone B4 Mixed Use to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street.

The Planning Proposal is accompanied by a draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) to deliver a number of public benefits to the value of approximately $5.8 million including a monetary contribution towards public infrastructure identified in the Ward Street Precinct Masterplan, streetscape upgrades adjacent to the site, expansion of an existing public through site link across the site and dedication of one x 2-bedroom affordable housing unit. Council endorsed a further minor amendment to the draft VPA offer on 22 August 2022.

Council also resolved on 28 March 2022, to endorse a draft site-specific amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan (NSDCP) 2013 to provide greater certainty as to the built form outcomes envisaged on the subject site and place that draft amendment on public exhibition concurrently with the Planning Proposal. Council endorsed a further minor amendment to the draft DCP amendment on 22 August 2022.

On 1 June 2022, the Minister for Planning issued a Gateway Determination, permitting the Planning Proposal to be placed on public exhibition. The Gateway Determination was altered on the 26 August 2022 to revise the processing timeframes.

The Planning Proposal will be on public exhibition from 21 November 2022 to 16 January 2023 and may be viewed in the Document Library (on this page); at Council’s Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays; and Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, during opening hours.


Have Your Say - Submissions

To comment on this Planning Proposal, draft VPA and/or the draft amendment to NSDCP 2013 use the applicable online submission form or alternatively, send submissions to:

For enquires, please contact Ben Boyd from the Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100.


Submissions close 5pm, 16 January 2023

At its meeting on 28 March 2022, Council resolved to forward a Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) which seeks to amend the planning controls under North Sydney Local Environmental Plan (NSLEP) 2013 as they relate to land at 45 McLaren Street, North Sydney. The proposed amendments include:

  • changing the zoning from R4 High Density Residential to B4 Mixed Use (or MU1 Mixed Use, if the Employment Zone Reforms are implemented prior to the finalisation of this proposed amendment);
  • increasing the maximum building height from 12m to part RL 103 (approx. and Part RL 115 (equivalent to 16 storeys);
  • increase the maximum height of building limit from 12m to part RL 103 (approximately 36-43m) and Part RL 115 (approximately 47-51m max);
  • impose a maximum floor space ratio of 6.25:1;
  • impose a non-residential floor space ratio of 1:1
  • amend Clause 4.4A - Non-Residential Floor Space Ratios to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street; and
  • amend Clause 6.12A - Residential flat buildings in Zone B4 Mixed Use to permit residential accommodation at ground level facing Walker Street.

The Planning Proposal is accompanied by a draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) to deliver a number of public benefits to the value of approximately $5.8 million including a monetary contribution towards public infrastructure identified in the Ward Street Precinct Masterplan, streetscape upgrades adjacent to the site, expansion of an existing public through site link across the site and dedication of one x 2-bedroom affordable housing unit. Council endorsed a further minor amendment to the draft VPA offer on 22 August 2022.

Council also resolved on 28 March 2022, to endorse a draft site-specific amendment to North Sydney Development Control Plan (NSDCP) 2013 to provide greater certainty as to the built form outcomes envisaged on the subject site and place that draft amendment on public exhibition concurrently with the Planning Proposal. Council endorsed a further minor amendment to the draft DCP amendment on 22 August 2022.

On 1 June 2022, the Minister for Planning issued a Gateway Determination, permitting the Planning Proposal to be placed on public exhibition. The Gateway Determination was altered on the 26 August 2022 to revise the processing timeframes.

The Planning Proposal will be on public exhibition from 21 November 2022 to 16 January 2023 and may be viewed in the Document Library (on this page); at Council’s Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays; and Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, during opening hours.


Have Your Say - Submissions

To comment on this Planning Proposal, draft VPA and/or the draft amendment to NSDCP 2013 use the applicable online submission form or alternatively, send submissions to:

For enquires, please contact Ben Boyd from the Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100.

Page published: 21 Nov 2022, 09:34 AM